Violino primo:  (title), 2-33, [iii] (blank) pp.; Violino secondo:  (title), 2-31, [i] (blank) pp.; Viola prima:  (title), 2-31, [i] (blank) pp.; Viola seconda:  (title), 2-31, [i] (blank) pp.; Violoncello:  (title), 2-28, [ii] (blank) pp. Copyist's monogram "NC" to lower right corner of each title. Various watermarks: eagle to outer bifolium of Violino primo; "EGA" and wheel to outer bifolium of Violino secondo and Viola prima; three crescent moons to outer bifolium of Viola seconda and Violoncello parts.
Oval handstamp, "Joseph Brixner in Wien," to upper left corner of all title pages; "No. 17" in manuscript to upper right corner of Violino primo; "ad No. 17" to all other parts. Erasures written over in ink; occasional notational corrections in pencil.
Slightly worn and soiled; stains to title of Violino primo, outer edge of Violino secondo and Viola prima parts, and various final blank pages; remnant of label to head of title of Viola prima. A very attractive copy overall. Padrka 6.1-3. The op. 8 string quintets consist of two sets of three works each. The first set was first published by Gombart in Augsburg in December 1796 (PN 136; RISM K2561); see Rheinfurth p. 274. The edition referenced in Grove Music Online (dated "Offenbach, 1797"-by André; RISM K2563) is the second. RISM lists six manuscript copies of the Quintet no. 1, five of no. 2, and three of no. 3, none in the U.S.
"Krommer was one of the most successful of the many influential Czech composers in Vienna at the turn of the 18th century. His creative output comprises over 300 works... Krommer's reputation is attested by the rapid spread of his compositions in reprints and arrangements by German, Danish, French, English, Italian and American publishers... He was regarded (with Haydn) as the leading composer of string quartets, and as a serious rival of Beethoven... His modes of expression extend from the galant style of the earlier 18th century to Romanticism." Othmar Wessely in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 25742)