The Most Comprehensive Work of its Kind in the Classic Era

Musikalisches Lexikon, welches die theoretische und praktische Tonkunst, encyclopädisch bearbeitet, alle alten und neuen Kunstwörter erklärt, und die alten und neuen Instrumente beschreiben, enthält…

Illus. in the text. xiv, [2], 1020 cols.; 1 p.l., [1029]-1802 cols., [1] p., one leaf of errata. Two vols. 8vo, fine cont. speckled polished sheep, spines gilt, contrasting leather lettering pieces on spines. Frankfurt am Main: A. Hermann the Younger, 1802.

First edition of this great and influential music dictionary. Koch’s “Versuch einer Anleitung zur Composition (1782-93) and Musikalisches Lexikon (1802)…are the most comprehensive works of their kind in the Classic era…the Lexikon, a dictionary of musical terms, is a valuable source of information on theory and aesthetics, much of it is drawn from the Versuch, and Koch frequently quoted Sulzer’s Allgemeine Theorie der schönen Künste…[it] has served as the model for later non-biographical music dictionaries.”–New Grove, Vol. 10, pp. 132-33.

Koch (1749-1816), was a German theorist and violinist.

A very fine and handsome set, complete, with the stamp of the “Wertheim Fürstl. Löwenstein-Freudenbergischen Bibliothek” on the front pastedowns.

Price: $3,000.00

Item ID: 6284

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