Paris: Paulin, 1836. Octavo. Half dark red morocco with marbled boards, raised bands on gilt-ruled spine, titling gilt, marbled endpapers.1f. (half-title), 1f. (title), vi, 440 pp. Contemporary manuscript annotation to half-title.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped; endpapers slightly stained. Minor foxing throughout, heavier to first and last leaves.
Fétis was "among the most influential musical figures in continental Europe for most of the 19th century, occupying key posts within the Franco-Belgian musical establishment and initiating significant cultural trends through his theoretical works and his concert activity... [He] was at the centre of a network of historians, librarians and early-music performers active in France and Belgium throughout the 19th century. His writings, though recognized as flawed, provided a reference point for such musicians and often offered valuable methodological models regarding the use of primary and secondary sources in the quest for historical information... His vast library and important collection of early instruments... were bequeathed to the Belgian nation: his library is housed in the Bibliothèque Albert Ier, his instrument collection forms part of the museum of the Brussels Conservatory." Robert Wangermée et al in Grove Music Online. Item #21889
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