Paris: Sieber [no plate number], [January 1788]. Folio. Disbound. Violino primo: 1f. (title), [i] (blank), 2-25, [i] (blank) pp.; Violino secondo:  (title), 2-4, [i] (blank), 6-8, [i] (blank), 10-25, [i] (blank) pp.; Viola: [i] (title), 2-10, [i] (blank), 12-19, [i] (blank) pp.; Basso: [i] (title), 2-12, [i] (blank), 14-16 pp. Engraved. Quartets numbered "I. Quartetto" through "VI. Quartetto" in caption titles. Publisher's signature to lower right corner of title of Violino primo part.
Early owner's signature, "Tilliard Viry," to lower left corner of all title pages. Part names in ink (with "Alto" for the viola) added to all title pages. Secondary numbering in ink: "No. 7" through "No. 12." Measure numbers added in pencil in a modern hand throughout.
Margins somewhat foxed; some leaves frayed at edges.
A later edition. Benton 3027. RISM P3127 (combines two issues, the second being Benton 3028; 3 copies in the U.S.. at the Newberry Library, the University of Iowa, and the Library of Congress).
Tilliard Viry is listed as "anc[ien] juge au tribunal de commerce" and Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in Almanach des 25000 Adresses des principaux habitans de Paris pour l'année 1835, p. 551.
"The enormous popularity of Pleyel’s music during his lifetime is reflected in the testimony of contemporary journals and of early writers like Gerber and Fétis. The small town of Nantucket, Massachusetts, then still a whaling port, formed a Pleyel Society in 1822 ‘to chasten the taste of auditors’, according to a newspaper announcement. The most telling evidence of the appeal of his music lies in the thousands of manuscript copies that filled the shelves of archives, libraries, churches, castles and private homes and in the thousands of editions produced in Europe and North America. In quality the works vary greatly, although most show considerable facility and a thorough technical grounding. The earlier works in particular display thematic originality and ingenious developments that make them fresh and attractive. After about 1792 his talent seems to have diminished; his inventiveness waned and he occasionally succumbed to routine procedures." Rita Benton in Grove Music Online. Item #25880
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