Large folio, 446 x 299 mm. Newly bound in full marbled boards with printed paper title label to spine.
With 19 full-page engraved plates illustrating the construction of scales (major, minor, chromatic and non-Western), modulation, harmonics, modes, tempo, notational systems, etc. Of particular interest are plates XI, "Distribution de l'Orchestre de l'Opéra de Dresde, Dirigé par le Sr. Hasse" illustrating the placement of orchestral players (including 2 harpsichordists) and plate XII, "Arrangement du Clavier selon le Systême établi" mentioning the system of de Boisgelou. The plates are preceded by 21, [i] (blank) ff. text describing each plate in detail.
Edges very slightly browned; very minor occasional foxing and soiling.
An exceptionally fresh, clean, wide-margined copy overall, with some leaves uncut.
A French composer, flautist and writer on music, "in the 1760s [Delusse] produced three theoretical works: a flute method first published in late 1760 or early 1761, a proposed reform of solmization syllables using only vowel sounds ..., and the article ‘Musique’ for the Recueil de planches, volume vii, of the Diderot and d’Alembert Encyclopédie. He may also have either written or published a dictionary of music, for in 1765 the Mercure de France announced that anyone interested in such a work should address himself to M. de Lusse." Jane M. Bowers in Grove Music Online.
Denis Diderot (1713-1784), a French philosopher, critic and writer, is best known as the chief editor of the monumental Encyclopédie "but was also an influential writer on music ... As chief architect of the Encyclopédie, a task that occupied him for some 20 years, he had a strong impact on the musical thought of his own and subsequent times." Daniel Heartz and Elisabeth Cook in Grove Music Online.
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