The Beauties of Handel, in Three Volumes, Consisting of upwards of One Hundred & Fifty of his most favorite Songs, Duetts & Trios, Selected from the Various Works of this great Master, arranged with a separate Accompaniment for the Piano Forte, and figured from the M.S. Scores of the Author by Jos. Corfe. Gentleman of his Majesty's Chapels Royal & Organist of the Cathedral Salisbury. Vol. 1 [-3]... Dedicated by permission to His Majesty. [Piano-vocal score]. George Frideric HANDEL.
The Beauties of Handel, in Three Volumes, Consisting of upwards of One Hundred & Fifty of his most favorite Songs, Duetts & Trios, Selected from the Various Works of this great Master, arranged with a separate Accompaniment for the Piano Forte, and figured from the M.S. Scores of the Author by Jos. Corfe. Gentleman of his Majesty's Chapels Royal & Organist of the Cathedral Salisbury. Vol. 1 [-3]... Dedicated by permission to His Majesty. [Piano-vocal score]

The Beauties of Handel, in Three Volumes, Consisting of upwards of One Hundred & Fifty of his most favorite Songs, Duetts & Trios, Selected from the Various Works of this great Master, arranged with a separate Accompaniment for the Piano Forte, and figured from the M.S. Scores of the Author by Jos. Corfe. Gentleman of his Majesty's Chapels Royal & Organist of the Cathedral Salisbury. Vol. 1 [-3]... Dedicated by permission to His Majesty. [Piano-vocal score]

London: Preston [without PN], [ca. 1822-1834]. 3 vols. Oblong folio. Quarter olive green calf with dark green cloth boards, dark green calf title label gilt to spine. Vol. I: 1f. (title), [i] (Advertisement), [i] (index of songs), 134 pp. Vol. II: 1f. (title), 1f. (dedication to The King), 127, [i] (blank) pp. Vol. III: 1f. (title), [i] (Advertisement), [i] (index of songs), 143, [i] (publisher's catalog) pp. Engraved.

Vol. II inscribed "Florence Dale Owen from her affec.t father Sept. 1852" to upper margin of front free endpaper, with "Rosamond Dale Owen February, 1865" below; Vol. III with "Catherine M Gilbert 15/10/24" in black ink to blank upper margin of title.

Binding very slightly worn and soiled. Some foxing, browning, dampstaining, and offsetting; small binder's holes to inner margins; occasional performance markings in pencil. Price of Vol. III erased; Vol. I lacking portrait.

Probable second edition, rarely found complete. Not in BUC. Humphries and Smith, p. 264. RISM H 1089. OCLC no. 19726402.

Joseph Corfe (1741-1820), the arranger, "was made a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal in 1783 and in 1784 sang at the Handel Commemoration. He was also organist of Salisbury Cathedral from 1792 to 1804. Joseph was a respected singing teacher with Nancy Storace and Mrs Second among his pupils. He married Mary Bernard on 14 April 1766 and they probably had three sons. His published works include A Treatise on Singing (1799), Sacred Music (1800), The Beauties of Handel (1803), Beauties of Purcell (c1805), Thorough Bass Simplified (1805) and Church Music (c1810), as well as glees, songs and anthems." Betty Matthews in Grove Music Online. Item #26861

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