[Paris:: Barbou], 1765.. Volume 1 only (of 3). 8vo. 7, , 64; 318 pp. Engraved portrait frontis. by Cochin, 2 engraved plates, small engraved title vignette, decorative tail and headpieces, second half is almost all engraved sheet music; faintly foxed, few dog-eared corners, small worm hole through last four leaves, not affecting legibility. Original half gilt-stamped red calf over marbled boards; worn, front joint starting. Bookplates of John Chamier and Hartford Seminary Foundation, ink signature of Alaric a Watts. and ink notes. FRONTIS. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR-EDITOR: �Le Sieur Monnet Editeur de l�Ouvrage.� Good. More than half the book is an anthology of 150 French songs, arranged in chronological order (from the thirteenth century with Thibault of Champagne, to the Abbot Pr�vost (d.1763), engraved sheet music, compiled by Jean Monnet, director of the Opera Comique and of Lyon. The musical selection is preceded by a historical dissertation on the song in general, particularly French song, written by Meusnier de Querlon. REFERENCES: Cohen, 723; Antoine Alexandre Barbier, Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes, I, p. 208-9. Paul de Beaurepaire-Froment, Bibliographie des Chants Populaires Fran�ais, (1910), p. 46; Charles Edmond Henri de Coussemaker, Catalogue de la biblioth�que et des instruments de musique ... (1877), p.122, no. 964. (Inventory #: LV2131)
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