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A General History of the Science and Practice of Music

By Sir John Hawkins

1776 - London- T. Payne and Son

10.5" by 8.5"; 535pp.; 548pp.; 482pp. [28]

 

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A first edition of this history of music from the late eighteenth century by historian John Hawkins.

Containing songs, sheet music, and numerous vignette illustrations.

Sir John Hawkins (29 March 1719 21 May 1789) was an English author and friend of Dr Samuel Johnson and Horace Walpole. During his life, he wrote many works, including A General History of the Science and Practice of Music and his Life of Samuel Johnson in memory of his friend.

It took Hawkins 16 years to write A General History of the Science and Practice of Music which was published in 1776.  in years to come Hawkins's music history was considered to be superior to Burney's music history. Particularly, Burney's discourse on Handel and Bach was viewed as being inadequate.

Armorial bookplate of 'Beaufort' to the recto of the front free-endpaper of volume IV.

With ink inscriptions to the endpapers, stating, 'The Gift of the Rev'd John Price B. D., Keeper of the Bodlein Library, Oxford, to the Duchess of Beaufort, January 1777.'

Complete in five volumes

CONDITION

Rebacked in full calf bindings. Externally sound, though rubbed, with some marks and wear to the extremities. Loss to the backstrips of the first two volumes. Two joints starting. Internally, generally firmly bound, although strained in a couple of places. Library labels to front pastedowns and front free-endpapers. Ink inscription to endpapers. Institutional ink stamps to the first few pages and bottom of the textblock edge. Pages are bright, though with some scattered spotting throughout. Overall: GOOD ONLY.

 


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