London: W. Napier [PN 45], [ca. 1780]. Folio. Disbound. Violino primo: 1f. (title),  (blank), 2-13, [i] (blank) pp.; Violino secondo: 1f. (title),  (blank), 2-13, [i] (blank) pp.; Viola:  (title), 2-7, [i] (blank); Violoncello: 1f. (title),  (blank), 2-7, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Plate number printed to Violoncello part only.
Advertisements for works by Vachon, Vanhall [!Vanhal], and Syrmen printed to foot of titles.
Early initials "WCh" in ink to upper left corner of Violino Primo title, possibly those of the violinist/violoncellist William Churchill (?1760-1812), a member of the Royal Society of Musicians; erasure numbers added in pencil in a modern hand throughout.
Outer bifolia of all parts except Viola detached. Browned at spine.
Early (?second) edition. BUC I p. 255. RISM D1122. Plate number not always printed to the same parts; the copy at the British Library has it to Violino Secondo and Viola parts only. RISM lists the collection as "op. 1," following the presumed first edition by Burchard Hummel, The Hague (RISM D1121), but all other early editions use the opus number 6. Both Grove Music Online and MGG 2 list the collection as opus 6.
"A composer of appealing chamber music for strings, Davaux published six duos, six trios, at least 25 quartets and four quintets. The quartets represent a significant contribution to the history of the genre, and featured prominently in the popular weekly concerts held, for many years, at his house each winter. In the quartet... there is a tendency for all four instruments to be treated soloistically." Barry S. Brook, Joel Kolk, and Donald H. Foster in Grove Music Online. Item #25685
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