Illus. in the text. xiv, , 1020 cols.; 1 p.l., -1802 cols.,  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.
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