London: Printed for T. Becket and Co... J. Robson... and G. Robinson, 1773. 2 volumes. Octavo. Newly bound in marbled boards with printed paper title labels to spines.
Volume I: 1f. (title), [iii]-viii, 376 pp.; Volume II: 1f. (title), [v]-vi, [i] (blank), [i] ("Proposals for Printing by Subscription, A General History of Music" dated London, April 20th, 1773), [i] ("Errata to Vol. I... Vol. II"), 352 pp. With indices to both volumes.
First Edition. Gregory-Bartlett I p. 48. Cortot p. 41. Hirsch I Anhang 13. RISM BVI p. 192.
Burney's writings on music are legendary; his "Tours and the General History of Music remain wellsprings of observation and insight into 18th-century musical life and practice." Kerry S. Grant in Grove Music Online.
His History of Music, which remains of considerable importance today, was the first to be written in the English language. Although but a music teacher with no University degree, Burney moved in the circles of Samuel Johnson, Garrick and Joshua Reynolds. Upon coming to London, Haydn, with whom Burney had had some correspondence, made a point of first calling on Burney. Item #24007
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