1954 Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians
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'Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians' is the most extensive works on western music, and has been greatly edited and revised since the original version was published in 1879 - 1889. This fifth edition of the work, published in 1954, was edited by Eric Blom, resulting in the most thorough revision of the work since it was originally published. Many articles were re-written in a more modern style. This edition included a list of contributors from previous editions to the front of Volume I. Eric Blom was a musicologist, music critic, and music biographer. He was best known for his work on 'Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians', but also edited 'Everyman's Dictionary of Music' and 'Music & Letters', an academic musicology journal. He was skilled at languages, being fluent in English, German, Danish, Italian, and French, and he translated many entries for his revision of 'Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians'. With a frontispiece to each volume. With five plates to Volume I, twelve plates to Volume II, two plates to Volume III, sixteen plates to Volume IV, two plates to volume V, twelve plates to Volume VI, seven plates to Volume VII, and eleven plates to Volume VIII, with further in-text illustrations throughout. Collated, complete.
In the original publisher's cloth binding. Externally, smart. Light fading to the spines. A little rubbing to the joints, boards, spines, and to the extremities. A little very light spotting to the front board of Volume V. Light bumping to the heads and tails of the spines and to the extremities. Very minor mark to the rear boards of Volume I, VIII, and IX. Very minor mark to the front boards of Volume IV, V, VII, and IX. A little marking to the bottom edges. Small mark to the fore edge of Volume VII. Library labels to the front pastedowns, from the Wiltshire County Libraries. Evidence of former library label to the recto to the front endpapers of Volumes I and III. Offsetting to the pastedowns, to the recto to the front endpapers, and to the verso of the rear endpapers. Front hinges of Volumes I, III, VI, and VIII are starting but firm. Rear hinge of Volume VIII is starting but firm. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean with the odd handling mark throughout. Library stamps to the title pages, not affecting text. Fold to page 821/822 of Volume V. Closed tear to the head of page 2 of Volume VIII.
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