London: I. Walsh, [watermark 1794]. Folio. Newly bound in quarter dark red cloth with marbled boards, dark red morocco title label gilt to spine. 1f. (title with list of published overtures to Handel's operas and oratorios), 277, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved.
Printed list of overtures to titles includes "24 Overtures first Colln.... 5th. Colln.... [-]11th. Colln.... To which is added the Coronation Anthem," for a total of 66 numbers. "Printed by Randall Catherine Street Strand" to foot of pp. 10, 53, 82, 95, 113, 153, 173, 202, 211, 240, 259, and 270. Secondary pagination to head of each page.
Several pencilled annotations including a musical correction to the bass line of the overture to Arminius, p. 127; early manuscript numbering to list of overtures on title.
Title foxed; some minor foxing throughout; minor stains to two leaves; occasional early paper repairs; small portion of lower blank corner of pp. 69/70 lacking.
Unrecorded,. Not in Smith, BUC, COPAC or RISM. One other copy of this edition located at Princeton.
The present edition appears to be related to Smith 26 and/or 28; Randall apparently took over the edition of the overtures in ca. 1770. Wright issued an edition in ca. 1785 (Smith 29) and Preston in ca. 1808 and ca. 1811 (Smith 30 and 31). The present edition was presumably issued by either Wright or Preston. Item #27231
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