1825 · Leipzig
Ir Quatuor: Violino primo: 1f. (title),  (blank), 2-10, [ii] (blank) pp.; Violino secondo:  (blank), 2-8 pp.; Viola:  (blank), 2-7 pp.; Violoncello: 8 pp.
IIe Quatuor: Violino primo: 8 pp.; Violino secondo: 7 pp.;  (blank); Viola: 7, [i] (blank) pp.; Violoncello:  (blank), 2-7 pp. Engraved. Two small publisher's handstamps to lower corners of title.
Signature, "A. Scheibler," in ink to lower right corner of title.
Slightly soiled and foxed. First Edition of the first of Spohr's four "double quartets," in D minor. Göthel p. 114. Schneider catalogue 244. WorldCat (4 copies in the U.S., at Harvard University (2), the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts (some later issue).
"The largest portion of Spohr's chamber music was for strings alone, ranging from 19 unsurpassed duos for two violins to four masterly, and largely unemulated, double string quartets. These, together with the 36 string quartets (and several other works for the same combination), seven string quintets and the String Sextet of 1848, display a number of common features. Spohr's own mastery of the violin is evident in all of them, and their technical difficulties, together with the particular style of performance necessary to secure their full effect, may partly explain their infrequent performance. The quartets, especially, fall into two distinct categories: solo quartets in the tradition of Rode (often entitled Quatuor brillant), which are essentially violin concertos with string trio accompaniment, and true quartets where the interest is more evenly divided between the instruments." Clive Brown in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 25966)