London: Adam and Charles Black, 1888. Large folio. Original publisher's half dark red morocco with gilt rules to edges, vellum boards with titling gilt within decorative oval border gilt, spine with raised bands with gilt-ruled compartments and titling gilt, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. 1f. (recto half-title, limitation statement), 1f. (recto title printed in red and black, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication, verso blank), 1f. (contents), [ix]-xix (introduction), [i] (blank), 107, [i] (colophon) pp. + 50 fine chromolithographic illustrative plates.
Boards slightly worn and rubbed; spine restored; small abrasion to upper outer corner of front free endpaper. Some very minor internal signs of wear. A very attractive copy overall.
Limited to 1,040 copies and 50 artist's proofs. Signed by the publisher.
A catalogue of the musical instruments exhibited at the London Inventions Exhibition held in 1885. "No attempt was made by the authorities to compile a catalogue worthy of so great an opportunity... Owing to private enterprise, the opportunity was not suffered to pass without a record - and a noble one - in the magnificent volume... by Mr. A.J. Hipkins, whose name is sufficient guarantee of the excellence of the work; but the author was fortunate in finding in Mr. William Gibb an artist who has a real genius for depicting such objects." Matthews: The Literature of Music, p. 226.
The plates are excellent representations of the rare and beautiful instruments that were part of this noted exhibition, which included depictions of Asian instruments (considered quite exotic at the time), as well as illustrations of such distinguished instruments as the Hellier Stradivari violin and Queen Elizabeth's virginal. Item #29903
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