[London]: Printed for the Author by The Omnichromo Printing Co. . Folio. Contemporary dark green decoratively blind-tooled cloth. 1f. (frontispiece to verso), 1f. (title), 1f. (dedication), 1f. (preface), 4ff. (contents), 88 numbered ff. printed on one side only + 7 folding plates. Lithographic transfer from manuscript; frontispiece lithographed, on tinted background. Includes text, mathematical copy, tables, musical notation, and diagrams, some in colour.
A presentation copy from the author, with autograph inscription to the distinguished composer William Sterndale Bennett, "with the author's kind regards," in black ink to head of title and an autograph letter from the author to Bennett (1 page of a bifolium, small octavo, dated December 5, 1870, on personal stationery with printed address at head) laid down to upper pastedown: "I thank you for your kind note, and request that you will do me the favour to accept the accompanying copy of my Analysis of Musical Sounds..." Overpastes with autograph corrections in ink to p. 19.
Clipping from Daily Telegraph, August 7, 1876, tipped-in to head of front endpaper: "Scientific Museum. Mrs. Griesbach has presented to the Lord President of the Council, for the proposed Scientific Museum, a valuable collection of acoustical apparatuses invented and made by her late husband, John Henry Griesbach."
Ex-libris the noted English music collector William H. Cummings (1831-1915), with his signature to front pastedown and distinctive bookplate to front free endpaper.
Binding worn, rubbed, bumped and dampstained; front free endpaper detached; upper joint split. Slightly worn and browned throughout.
Griesbach was a noted German-born English pianist and composer. "[His] Analysis of Musical Sounds (1867) was renowned during his lifetime. Griesbach was skilled in mathematics, astronomy and many other subjects; he was a member of the short-lived Musical Institute, 1851–3, and in 1856 became a director of the Philharmonic Society." Christina Bashford in Grove Music Online
In addition to his activities as a distinguished collector of music, Cummings was a tenor, church musician and musical administrator. "Today Cummings is remembered chiefly for his magnificent music library. As early as 19 years of age he was collecting rarities as diverse as one of Handel's lace ruffles and autograph scores of Purcell and Beethoven; some 50 years later his superb library of some 4500 pieces had become the last of the great Victorian collections." Hugh J. McLean in Grove Music Online. Item #26097
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