Mayence: fils de B. Schott [PN] 2351, . Folio. Sewn. Preserved in a custom-made russett cloth clamshell box with printed paper label to spine. 1f. (title, verso blank),  (blank), 2-13;  (title), 2-12;  (title), 2-11, [i] (blank);  (title), 2-11, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved.
Slightly foxed; overpaste to imprint to first volume partially removed. A very good, wide-margined copy overall.
First Edition, first issue. Kinsky-Halm p. 385. Dorfmüller-Weinhold p. 232. Hirsch IV, 399. Hoboken 2, 510.
"After completing the Ninth Symphony in early 1824, Beethoven spent the two and a half years that remained to him writing with increasing ease, it seems, and exclusively in the medium of the string quartet. The five late string quartets contain Beethoven's greatest music, or so at least many listeners in the 20th century came to feel. The first of the five, op. 127 in Eb of 1824-5, shows all the important characteristics of this unique body of music." Joseph Kerman and Alan Tyson (with Scott G. Burnham) in Grove Music Online. Item #18860
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