An Essay on the History and Theory of Music; and on the Qualities, Capabilities, and Management of the Human Voice. Isaac NATHAN.

An Essay on the History and Theory of Music; and on the Qualities, Capabilities, and Management of the Human Voice

London: G. and W.B. Whittaker, 1823. Quarto. Half maroon calf with marbled boards, spine in compartments with gilt rules and titling, marbled endpapers. [i] (title), [ii] (printer's notice), [iii] (dedication), [iv] (blank), [v]-[xv] (preliminary material), 230 pp. With numerous engraved musical examples. With a dedication to King George IV, Nathan's patron.

Pp. [227]-230 contain the Appendix devoted to Hebrew Music.

Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped; upper joint split; free front endpaper lacking. Light browning and foxing, especially to outer leaves and engraved plates; some slight creasing.

First Edition.

Nathan was music librarian to King George IV. "His introduction to Lord Byron in 1814 led to their collaboration in the Hebrew Melodies (1815–19), for which Nathan adapted ancient Jewish chants to Byron’s poems; the songs were first sung in London by John Braham and were an instant success, remaining in print until 1861." He settled in Australia in 1841 and is considered to be a pioneering figure in that country's musical history. Elizabeth Wood in Grove Music Online. Item #24944

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