London: Printed for & Sold by John Simpson, [ca. 1745]. Octavo. Rebacked in quarter mid-tan calf with contemporary marbled boards, dark red leather labels titled in manuscript to spine, decorative cut paper label lettered in red ink to upper. 1f. (fine full-page frontispiece engraving of a flute player by George Bickham Jr.), 1f. (title), 36, 34, 36, 36, 36, 36 pp. With 2 folding plates of music to Book 2 (pp. 33-4). Six books in total (Book 3 identified as "part 3d."). Engraved throughout.
Early manuscript annotation to upper margin of Book 4 (p. 13): "William Blomer Dudley to you Bouth[!]."
Contains music set primarily for two flutes, with some pieces set for solo flute only. Handel is very well represented. Other composers represented include Arne, Baston, Baustetter, Bononcini, Brivio, Carey, Castrucci, Cunee, Cuttenham, G. Dalmiadoro, Defesch, Dubourg, Fausan, Festing, Geminiani, Gizziello, Gladwin, Groneman, Hasse, Holcombe, Howard, Hudson, Lully, San Martini, Oswald, Pepusch, Pescetti, Petzold, Presseur, Russell, Spourni, Stanley, Telemann, Tessarini, Travers and Weideman. There are, in addition, many pieces without attribution, including numerous dances.
Ex-libris Alec Hodson (1900-1986), a pioneer of the English harpsichord manufacturing revival, with his pictorial bookplate to front pastedown.
Boards slightly worn rubbed and bumped; somewhat crude leather label and narrow bands to spine; upper joint split; outer portion of free front endpaper lacking, completed in contemporary paper. Somewhat worn, browned, soiled and stained, including frontispiece and title; sewing holes to inner margins; small green ink stain to frontispiece; pp. 13-16 of Book 2 lacking and supplied in manuscript copy.
First Edition. BUC p. 262. RISM BII p. 150 (2 complete copies only). Item #24164
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