Berlin: Ad. Mt. Schlesinger [PNs 1547, 1548, 1549], [September 1829]. Folio. Unbound.
No. 1: Violino 1o.:  (title), 2-13, [i] (blank) pp.; Violino 2o.: [i] (blank), 2-10 pp.; Viola:  (blank), 2-10 pp.; Violoncello: 6 pp.
No. 2: Violino 2o.: [i] (blank), 4-13, [i] (blank) pp.; Violino 2o.: 7, [i] (blank) pp.; Viola: 7, [i] (blank) pp.; Violoncello: 7, [i] (blank) pp.
No. 3: Violino 1o.:  (title), [i] (blank), 3-11, [i] (blank) pp.; Violino 2o.: 7, [i] (blank) pp.; Viola: 7, [i] (blank) pp.; Violoncello: 7, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Publisher's handstamp to lower left corner of title.
Titling in German in blue ink to title and initial blank pages of nos. 1 and 2. Occasional fingering in pencil and notational corrections in ink.
Browned; slightly foxed and soiled; some dampstaining and staining; frayed at edges; impression occasionally light; title leaf of no. 2 lacking.
First Edition of Spohr's 23rd, 24th, and 25th quartets, in E major, G major, and A minor respectively. Göthel p. 138. WorldCat (5 complete copies in the U.S., at the Eastman School of Music, Juilliard, Indiana, Harvard, and the University of Michigan).
"The largest portion of Spohr's chamber music was for strings alone, ranging from 19 unsurpassed duos for two violins to four masterly, and largely unemulated, double string quartets. These, together with the 36 string quartets (and several other works for the same combination), seven string quintets and the String Sextet of 1848, display a number of common features. Spohr's own mastery of the violin is evident in all of them, and their technical difficulties, together with the particular style of performance necessary to secure their full effect, may partly explain their infrequent performance. The quartets, especially, fall into two distinct categories: solo quartets in the tradition of Rode (often entitled Quatuor brillant), which are essentially violin concertos with string trio accompaniment, and true quartets where the interest is more evenly divided between the instruments." Clive Brown in Grove Music Online. Item #25968
Price: $200.00 other currencies