1758 · [Madrid]
by MINGUET y YROL, Pablo fl. 1733-1766
[Madrid]: [The Author], 1758. 16mo. (ca. 150 x 103 cm). Full contemporary vellum with manuscript titling to spine, leather ties. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. ("Al Lector), [i] (privileges, dated July 2, 9, and 10, 1737), [iii] ("Advertencia"), 72 pp. text + 20 engraved plates of choreographic notation of dances including those by Feuillet and Pectour with music, with alternate rectos and versos blank, as issued. With one folding plate of engraved music between pp. 35 and 37. With charming woodcut depictions of both male and female dancers (one with an accompanying musician) illustrating positions of the arms and feet and dance etiquette including bowing and managing one's hat. Diagrams and choreographic notation within text. The final textual section, "Explicacion del Danzar a la Española," offers detailed definitions of 46 steps used in Spanish dance, followed by descriptions of "Danzas a la Española ..." including the pabana, the gallarda, the españoleta, the villano, the impossibles, and the hermosa. Plates include: - Explicn. de la Chorographia - Movimentos de los Brazos, Codos, etc. - Demonstracion de la Bretaña - Rigodon, ô Allegro de la Bretaña - El Amable, con otra Chorographia - La Pastoril, demonstda. redonda, y larga - La Diligenta, delinda. â lo largo, ô larga - La Cortesana, Cont. quadrada, ô en quadro Free front endpaper with elaborate contemporary paraph, verso with contemporary inscription: "Soy de la Libreria de Dn. Antonío de Hozes Ferñz de Cordova." Binding slightly worn; ties partially lacking; endpapers slightly worn; free front endpaper slightly stained. Minor internal wear and soiling; some leaves browned; occasional foxing; several small, virtually invisible professional archival repairs. Rare third edition of the work demonstrating the foundations of dancing in the French style, considered of greater elegance than the Spanish, first published in 1737. Derra de Moroda 1856 (edition of 1758). Malkin 79 (edition of 1737). Niles & Leslie pp. 360-361 (edition of 1758). Waterloo p. 144 (RISM Écrits p. 587 (editions of 1758 and 1768). All with variant titles, no recorded copies with this title. Minguet's manual incorporates material from two other important early 18th century dance treatises, Feuillet's Chorégraphie (Paris, 1700) and Rameau's Le Maître de danser (Paris, 1726). "A compilation of Feuillet, Rameau and De la Cuisse. His engravings, however, are superior to the originals of the fore-mentioned and make his Arte de Danzar perhaps the most importnat treatise in 18th century Dance literature in Spanish." Niles & Leslie "Spain was one of the first countries to record its social dances in a system of dance notation and notation was to be an important element in dance manuals of the eighteenth century. The first Spanish book devoted entirely to dance was Discursos sobre el arte de danzado (1642) by Juan de Esquivel Navarro, dancing master to Philip IV. The next dance book, by Bartolemé Ferriol y Boxeraus, did not appear until a century later, in 1745. Pablo Minguet e Irol, a famous engraver as well as an author and translator, published works on a wide range of subjects; his dance books included several important works which incorporated the French dance notatiion of Raoul-Auger Feuillet." International Encyclopedia of Dance 5, p. 670. "A particularly lovely set of illuminations can be found in Pablo Minguet e Yrol's Arte de danzar àl a francesca." op. cit. 6, p. 124. Antonio de Hoces Fernández de Córdoba (?1722-1782) was a "Master of Seville" and served as mayor of Cordoba.
(Inventory #: 34566)