xi, 149,  pp. 8vo, cont. green half-morocco & marbled boards (signed “A. Bertrand”), t.e.g. Paris: Tross, 1864.
The rare sale catalogue of the important library of Favart (1710-92), librettist, playwright, and impresario. He wrote many plays for Mme de Pompadour which were performed at her small theater at the Château de Bagatelle and was, for a time, co-director of the Opèra-Comique (see Grove). His long and varied career creating comic operas, vaudevilles, Italian-style operas, ballets, etc., allowed Favart to form a wonderful library of poetry, theater, music, and art. 1912 lots and priced throughout in a neat contemporary hand.
Very scarce. A small portion of his library was sold at auction in 1793. Bound-in after Favart’s catalogue is the sale catalogue of the library of Charlemagne Ferdinand Fossé-Darcosse (1780-1864), Catalogue des Livres et Autographes composant la Bibliothèque de feu M. Fossé-Darcosse (Paris: Techener, 1865; 952 lots).
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xi, 149,  pp. 8vo, cont. green half-morocco & marbled boards (signed “A. Bertrand”), t.e.g. Paris: Tross, 1864.
xxxi, 175 pp. 8vo, cont. purple cloth-backed marbled boards (extremities slightly rubbed). Paris: L. Potier, 1860.
An uncommon auction catalogue. Sauvageot (1781-1860), violinist at the Opéra de Paris and famous collector of the decorative arts, donated much of his art collection to the Louvre, greatly augmenting their holdings. From Le Roux de Lincy’s valuable biographical sketch, we learn that Sauvageot bought primarily from De Bure, Crozet, Techener, and Potier. The library was particularly rich in early French books, especially literature and history; there are some early manuscripts as well.
Fine copy. 1691 lots. Bookplate of Eric Speeckaert.
Small 8vo, orig. pink wrappers. Bamberg: .
The very rare sale catalogue of the library of books, maps, scientific instruments, music, and a few art objects from the collection of Stengel (1750-1822), a high government official in service to the Elector Karl Theodor of Palatinate-Bavaria and very much a product of the Enlightenment. He carried out a liberal economic policy, introduced many innovations in taxation and trade, and supported numerous civil engineering projects in the region.
Stengel was an important book and art collector and was a considerable artist in his own right. 2507 lots of books, 21 lots of music...
Title & 109 pp. (engraved throughout). Oblong folio, cont. German half-sheep & marbled paper boards (front hinge strengthened, corners a little worn, some minor soiling & foxing). Zurich: J.G. Naigueli, .
First edition of The Well-Tempered Clavier Book One (BWV 846-869), a landmark in European musical history. It surpassed “ in logic, in format and in musical quality, all earlier endeavours of the same kind by other masters…[it] represents the culmination of a 20-year process of maturation and stands unparalleled in the history of music.”–New Grove, Vol. 1, p. 813. The work, however, had to wait almost 80 years to appear in print, when...
Engraved frontis. printed in pale blue. 17, . [v]-xii [i.e. xiv], 152 pp. 8vo, orig. red straight-grained morocco (a bit rubbed), sides with single gilt fillet, spine gilt, a.e.g. Bath: “sold by the Booksellers in Bath; C. Dilly, London; and by the Secretary to the Society,” 1799.
“Second edition. With Considerable Additions.” In the 18th century, the city of Bath enjoyed a rich and varied musical life with frequent subscription concerts, performances in the morning in the Pump Room, and balls in the Assembly Rooms in the evenings. There were also “breakfast” concerts as early as 1747 and an active...
Plate vol.: one folding engraved title-leaf, 47 folding engraved plates, & a second series of 47 engraved pages, printed on each side, of military music. Text vol.: One folding engraved plate. xxxi, 680 pp. Two vols. Thick 8vo, cont. green half-sheep maroquiné & marbled boards, flat spines gilt, red leather lettering pieces on spines. Munich: Lindauer, 1822.
First edition and very rare. The official book of instruction and regulations providing details of military field exercises and maneuvers for the Bavarian infantry. These exercises were designed so that the infantry would respond predictably and effectively.
The fine series of plates depict uniforms of all ranks, formations designed to deal with all eventualities and terrains, positions of the soldier with and without arms, marching and alignment, opening and closing rank, etc. Also provided are 47 engraved pages of marching music.
Plate vols.: Two folding engraved titles, four engraved leaves of music, & 93 fine folding engraved plates. Text vols.: xv, , 501 pp., one leaf of errata; xix, , 360 pp., one leaf of errata. Four vols. 8vo, cont. polished sheep, spines gilt, text vols. with a.e.g. Munich: Rösl, 1828.
First edition, and very rare, of the official book of instruction and regulations for the Bavarian cavalry (chevauleger). This is a richly illustrated work: the plates depict uniforms of different members of the cavalry; their weapons (swords, lances, and rifles); sword techniques; horse tack including saddles, stirrups, bridles, etc.; the anatomy of the horse...
[Japan]: at end: “copied in summer of 1805 by Ikai.”
Our beautifully illustrated scroll depicts the preparations and actual instruction session for the emperor or prince on the biwa, a plucked lute brought to Japan from China in the late 7th century. Pear-shaped and generally with four or five strings, the biwa immediately became one of the most important musical instruments of gagaku, the traditional court music of Japan.
Engraved throughout. Oblong 4to, self-bound (title & verso of final leaf a little soiled), uncut. Speyer: Bossler, n.d. [but 1790].
First edition and very rare; WorldCat locates the BSB copy only. Brandl (1760-1837), studied music at Neuburg and Eichstätt. In 1786 he became Kapellmeister to the Prince of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg at Bartenstein. In 1789 he took the position of Hofkapellmeister at the court of the prince-bishop of Speyer in Bruchsal. His music has been characterized as stylistically between classicism and romanticism and was well-known both in Germany and in other countries.
As Brandl proudly notes in his dedication, this is the first instance of poems by Eulogius Schneider (1756-94), having been put to music. In his Chronik (first half-year, Stuttgart 1791, p. 96), Schubart writes: “Schneider has been fortunate in having found a very good musical translator for some of his lieder. The name of this sensitive gentleman is Brandl, director of the choir of the prince bishop of Speyer. I am glad to be able to present this sagacious and sensitive composer for the first time in my fatherland. I have twelve lieder published by Bossler in front of me. They prove not only that their author feels what he writes, but also a quality that is getting rarer and rarer, namely, that he also, contrapunctually, writes what he feels.”
4 p.l., 43,  pp. Oblong 4to, orig. wrappers (small hole in title touching one letter, repaired on verso at an early date; minor foxing & soiling). Offenbach: “Auf Kosten des Verfassers,” [dedication dated May 1786].
First edition, and very rare, of this privately printed collection of 28 songs. Brede (1736-98), studied in Halle for three years with the eldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann. At the time of the composition of these songs, Brede was subrector and cantor at the Jacobikirche in Perleberg near Wittenberg. In 1792, he was elected cantor and music director at Stettin. In 1793 he prepared a....
One folding engraved plate. 23 pp. Small 8vo, cont. speckled boards (upper outer corner of each cover rounded). Berlin: Petit & Schöne, 1790.
First edition of this extremely rare and early work on the metronome; OCLC does not locate a copy in the U.S. Bürja (1752-1816), professor of mathematics at the Berlin Military Academy and a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences at Berlin, wrote many books on mathematics, hydraulics, and scientific instruments. He was the first to call into question the rigor of Lagrange’s exposition of the calculus.
This is an early and noteworthy book on the metronome of the author’s own invention. The development of a reliable instrument to denote the speed at which a musical composition is to be performed took several centuries to be realized. Galileo left a scheme for a pendulum time-marker in his papers and in the 17th and 18th centuries many scientists, instrument makers, and musicians including Thomas Mace, Etienne Loulié, Joseph Sauveur, and John Harrison all developed pendulums to measure musical time.
Fine medallion woodcut port. of the author on verso of title, numerous woodcut illus. in the text, one folding woodcut plate (pp. 769-70) with the woodcut volvelle unassembled on a separate slip bound-in, & one folding printed table (pp. 790-91). 16 p.l. (the last a blank), 1194 (i.e. 1204),  pp. Thick 8vo, cont. blind-stamped panelled pigskin over wooden boards (some light dampstaining) by Hans Bopp of Nuremberg, orig. clasps & catches. Basel: [H. Petri], 1557.
Second edition (the first edition was published earlier in the same year) of Cardano’s second great encyclopedia of natural science; it is a continuation of and supplement to his...
Folding handcolored engraved frontispiece, two engraved plates (one folding & heightened in red), one folding plate of printed music, & music printing in the text. xii, 52 pp., one leaf of errata. 8vo, cont. marbled semi-stiff boards (spine a little defective), uncut. Erfurt: Beyer & Maring, 1800.
First edition of this attractive and fascinating book which relates harmony to colors; it is very much a product of early German Romanticism. Dalberg (1760-1812), was an author, composer, and aesthetician. He was “born into a noble family…though physically deformed, he was a virtuoso pianist…He studied composition with Ignaz Holzbauer and travelled extensively in Italy and England. His...
1 p.l., 59 pp., 4 pages of engraved music printing. 8vo, cont. dark red morocco (minor foxing), a.e.g. Paris: la Veuve Allouel, 1741.
First edition; this is, according to Grove, one of the two best early comic operas by Favart (1710-92), the most prominent member of a French family of dramatists, singers, and actors active in musical theater. Favart was a librettist, playwright, and impresario. This copy was presented to the Académie Française and bears the following inscription on a free front-endpaper: “Pigansé de la part de l’auteur a l’Academie le Lundi huitième May 1741.” On the following three pages is...
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...
12 leaves of differing colors (gampi paper treated with gofun) bound in two “quires” & sewn together. Small 4to (240 x 179 mm.), orig. semi-stiff pale blue wrappers with mica woodblock-printed designs of reeds, orig. printed label on upper cover. [Saga, near Kyoto: about 1607].
The series of one hundred Noh plays, each produced at the famous private press in Saga, just north of Kyoto, were sumptuous luxury editions printed for the wealthy and enlightened merchant Suminokura Soan (1571-1632), in collaboration with his calligraphy teacher Koetsu, a leading cultural figure of his day, famous as an artist, potter, lacquerer, and connoisseur. They are amongst the...
Two fine engraved frontis. ports. & 45 folding engraved plates. Four vols. Large thick 4to, orig. blueish grey boards (extremities a little worn), uncut, orig. printed labels on spines (flaked). Paris: H. Agasse, 1799-1802.
Second edition, improved and greatly enlarged, of the first classical history of mathematics which is today still indispensable as it contains much information not found elsewhere. This history, which was first published in 1758, is considered to be the author’s masterpiece. Not only does Montucla provide a comprehensive history of the development of mathematical ideas, but he also includes mechanics, physics, probability, astronomy, music, mathematical geography, and navigation.
Engraved throughout. 13 pp. (i.e. 15 ) pp. Small folio, self-bound (minor soiling & foxing, short tear to blank margin of first leaf). Vienna: Sauer & Leidesdorf, n.d. [but between 1822-27].
First edition and rare; not in RISM. The introduction and theme are from Moscheles’ “Marche d’Alexandre variée” (also known as “Grand Variations on the Fall of Paris”), followed by four variations and finales, presumably by the French diplomat August Louis Talleyrand (1770-1832), a passionate music lover.
Moscheles (1794-1870), German pianist, conductor, and composer, was an early admirer of Beethoven; Schumann considered Moscheles to be one of the best sonata composers...
About 250 black & white woodcuts (about 170 are double-page, a few in red ink). Six vols. Large 8vo, orig. wrappers (quite rubbed, occasional unimportant worming), orig. block printed title label on each upper cover, new stitching. Kyoto: 1806.
First edition of this finely illustrated work of the landmarks, famous sights, art works, and the chief cultural buildings of China in the late 18th century. The illustrators are the well-known Japanese artists Okada Gyokuzan (d. 1808), Yugaku Oka (1762-1833), and Toya Ohara (1771-1840). Okada was the first to create such detailed woodcuts in Japan.
In the meisho travel guide tradition, which had become so popular in Japan at this time, the author discusses and the artists depict in finely detailed woodcuts, many of which are double-page, the historical landmarks, topographical views, palaces, and archaeological and sacred sites of China during the Qing Empire. Maps of China and Korea are included as well as many city views including those of Beijing, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall’s gates. Additionally, there are illustrations of ceremonial costumes and uniforms, musical instruments, measuring instruments, flower shows, seating arrangements and menus for banquets, government ceremonies with the Emperor, porcelains, the five holy Buddhist mountains, members of the royal family, Tiananmen square, markets with merchants at work, water clocks, parades, etc. There are also many “daily life” woodcuts of the people, their clothes, military formations, weapons, and regular activities.
One full-page woodcut illus. & music printing. 16 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block-printed title label on upper cover (rubbed), new stitching. [Japan]: ca. 1684-1704.
First edition and, apparently, unique; no copy is located in WorldCat or Union Catalogue of Japanese Books. The miyogiri is a type of shakuhachi, an end-blown three-node bamboo flute with five finger holes. The various types of shakuhachi flutes have been some of Japan’s most popular instruments. They were brought from China in the 8th century and became popular in 17th-century Japan when they were adopted by itinerant Buddhist beggar priests (komuso) of the Fuke sect...
Engraved allegorical frontis. by Daniel Chodowiecki. Woodcut illus. & printed music in the text, including several folding leaves of printed music in the pagination. xii, 568 pp.; 2 p.l., -1287,  pp. Two vols. Large 4to, fine cont. marbled polished sheep (minor browning), flat spines richly gilt, red & green morocco lettering pieces on spines. Leipzig: Heirs of M.G. Weidemann & Reich, 1771-74.
First edition, and a lovely set, of this encyclopedia of the fine arts, “one of the most widely consulted and frequently cited works on aesthetics of the German Enlightenment…Aimed at a popular market of art-loving amateurs (Leibhaber) who lacked specialist knowledge...
One folding engraved plate (some foxing) & seven printed tables (five in the text & two on a separate folding sheet). 2 p.l., 40 pp. Large 4to, orig. green patterned boards (some foxing). [Halle]: G. Haack, .
First edition, and a very evocative association copy, of the rare Habilitationschrift by Wilhelm Weber (1804-91) on acoustics, specifically on the acoustic coupling of tongue and air cavity in reed organ pipes; his work in this area led, in a slightly roundabout way, to his close and enormously fruitful association with Gauss, which began in September of 1831. This copy belonged to Gauss — with the “Gauss-Bibliothek”...