London: Printed for the Author, and Sold by Preston & Son, [ca. 1790]. Tall folio. Quarter mid-tan calf with marbled boards, raised bands on spine with paper title label lettered in manuscript. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), -5 (subscribers list),  (contents), 108 pp. Engraved.
Subscribers included Arnold, Avision, Ayrton, Cramer, Dibdin, Garth, Hayes, William Shield, and many local musicians of Northern England, particularly organists.
With signature "D. Perkins Wells" and date "1790" in manuscript to foot of title. Occasional annotations in pencil.
Binding slightly worn and rubbed; spine and upper inner edge of board darkened and slightly cracked. Small piece of lower outer blank corner of title torn away; outer edge of guarded. Previous owner's small signature and date to upper outer corner of front pastedown.
First Edition. BUC p. 306. RISM E32. A second volume was published in 1811.
Ebdon was an English organist, conductor, and cmposer. "In 1794 [he] succeeded Garth as the organist to the Bishop of Durham, a position he held concurrently with that at Durham Cathedral... Ebdon was also a prolific composer of vocal music. 21 of his anthems were published in two collections of sacred music, the first of which also incorporates his service music. This includes his once well-known Te Deum and Magnificat, both of which remained in the cathedral repertory until the 120th century." W.H. Huys, Brian Crosby, and Simon D.I. Fleming in Grove Music Online.
English composer Dodd Perkins, ca. 1750-1820, was organist at Wells Cathedral. See Brown and Stratton p. 317. Perkins was one of the original subscribers to the present work. Item #29798
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