London: Printed for Clementi & Co. Cheapside, and Knight & Lacey, Paternoster Row, 1825. 3 volumes. Octavo. Full mid-tan calf with double-rule gilt, spines in decorative compartments gilt, black calf title labels gilt, inner dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers.
Vol. I: 1f. (recto title with vignette of The Italian Opera House, London, verso blank), [iii]-vi (Preface), [vii]-xv (Contents), [i] (blank), 304 pp. + 1 folding plate (Sound, Compass of Voices and Instruments, Shewing the Extent of Each). With fine folding frontispiece: "Commemoration of Handel in Westminster Abbey, 1784" by W. Read and full-page bust-length portrait illustrations of Weber, Mrs. Billington, Mozart, and Haydn within text.
Vol. 2: 1f. (recto title with vignette of the Argyle Rooms by W. Read, verso blank), [iiii]-ix (Contents), [i] (blank), 288 pp. With folding frontispiece: "Facsimiles of Celebrated Composers" [Purcell, Saml. Wesley, and J.S. Bach] and portraits of Burney, Purcell, Farinelli, and Handel within text.
Vol. 3: 1f. (recto title with vignette of the Odeon, verso blank), [iii]-x (Contents), 288, -301 (Index), [i] (List of Plates) pp. + 1 folding plate: Facsimiles of Celebrated Composers [Pleyel, Boyce, Dibdin, Tartini, Shield, and Haydn]. With folding frontispiece: "Facsimiles of Celebrated Composers [Earl of Kelly, Arnold, Dr. Croft, and Dr. Arne] and portraits of Lully, Arne, and Braham within text.
Bindings very slightly worn. Uniform light browning; very occasional foxing.
First Edition. Rarely found complete with the folding frontispiece engraving depicting the monumental performance of Handel's music at Westminster Abbey as well as the numerous portraits and facsmiles, all in a most attractive binding.
"Of value to present-day scholarship are Busby’s biographies of his contemporaries, for they present information not to be found elsewhere. These lie scattered throughout the periodical literature, in the last chapter of the History, in some pages of the Anecdotes, and in a preface to a collection of music." Jamie C. Kassler and Linda Troost in Grove Music Online. Item #29346
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