A Selection of Irish Melodies, with Symphonies and Accompaniments... and Characteristic Words... Numbers 1-7, complete. John STEVENSON, Thomas MOORE.
A Selection of Irish Melodies, with Symphonies and Accompaniments... and Characteristic Words... Numbers 1-7, complete.
A Selection of Irish Melodies, with Symphonies and Accompaniments... and Characteristic Words... Numbers 1-7, complete.
A Selection of Irish Melodies, with Symphonies and Accompaniments... and Characteristic Words... Numbers 1-7, complete.
A Selection of Irish Melodies, with Symphonies and Accompaniments... and Characteristic Words... Numbers 1-7, complete.

A Selection of Irish Melodies, with Symphonies and Accompaniments... and Characteristic Words... Numbers 1-7, complete.

London... Dublin: W. Powers... & J. Powers, [1810-1818]. Folio. Half dark brown morocco with marbled boards.

No. 1: 1st Number. 1f. (recto publisher's advertisement, verso blank), 1f. (recto title with vignette featuring a harp, verso blank), 1f. (recto publisher's printed dedication, verso blank), 51 pp.

No. 2: Second Number. 1f. (recto publisher's advertisement, verso blank), 1f. (recto decorative title with vignette, verso blank), 1f. (recto publisher's printed dedication, verso blank), 1f. (recto index, verso blank), 1f. (recto blank, verso p. 52), 53-54, 57-102 pp. With engraved plate featuring an ancient Irish inscription bound between pp. 84 and 85, printed on recto only. Watermarked 1810.

No. 3: First Number. Second Vol. 1f. (recto publisher's advertisement, verso blank), 1f. (recto decorative title with vignette, verso blank), 1f. (recto publisher's printed dedication, verso blank), 4 pp. "A Prefatory Letter To the Marchioness Dowager of D---" dated Dublin 1810, 1f. (recto index, verso blank), 3-61, [i] (blank), [i] (instrumental accompaniment to two tunes, "Thamama Hulla" and "The Fairy Queen." With engraved plate by A. Minasi after Pococh dated 1810 bound between pp. 32 and 33, printed on verso only.

No. 4: Second Number. Second Volume. 1f. (recto publisher's advertisement dated January 1812, verso blank), 1f. (recto decorative title with vignette, verso blank), 1f. (recto publisher's printed dedication, verso blank), 1f. (recto index watermarked 1810, verso blank), [i] (blank), 62-64, 67-111, [i] (blank), [i] (instrumental accompaniment to the tune "Cean dubh Delish"), [i] (blank).

No. 5. 1f. (recto blank, verso publisher's advertisement dated December 1813), 1f. (recto decorative title with vignette, verso blank), 1f. (recto publisher's printed dedication, verso blank), 1f. (recto index, verso blank), 1f. (recto blank, verso p. 2), 3-63, [i] (blank), + 4 pp. "A Catalogue of Vocal Music, Published by J. Power... No. 34, Strand, London"). Plate number 210.

No. 6: 6th Number. 1f. (recto blank, verso publisher's advertisement dated March 1815 and watermarked 1815), 1f. (recto with large vignette engraved by Silvester, verso blank), 1f. (recto publisher's printed dedication, verso blank), 1f. (recto index, verso blank), 1f. (recto blank, verso p. 52), 53-113, [i] (blank) + 4 pp. "List of Subscribers," + 4 pp. publisher's catalogue as in the previous number. With a fine full-page engraving by Silvester bound between pp. 76 and 77, printed on verso only. Plate number 210.

No. 7. 1f. (recto blank, verso publisher's advertisement watermarked 1815), 1f. (recto title with vignette by J. Mitan after T. Sothard, verso blank), 1f. (recto publisher's printed dedication, verso blank), 1f. (recto index, verso blank), 1f. (recto blank, verso p. 2), 3-66 pp. + 4 pp. publisher's catalogue as in the previous two numbers. With "Published October 1st. 1818" to foot of title. Plate number 404.

Each song either prefaced or followed by separate rendition of its text (multiple stanzas). Music and illustrations engraved; text-only pages typeset.

With small engraved card "David Christie, Sunnybank, Mead Vale, Red Hill" to front pastedown.

Binding considerably worn. Minor browning, offsetting and staining; some leaves detached; upper margin of publisher's catalogues slightly trimmed, just touching text. In very good condition overall.

First Edition.

"When in 1807 the publisher William Power, impressed by the success of George Thomson's collections, proposed a selection of Irish songs, [Thomas] Moore provided words and tunes, with accompaniments by Sir John Stevenson. The Irish Melodies began serial publication in 1808, eventually... reaching ten numbers and a supplement by 1834. For the purpose, Moore raided the collections made by Edward Bunting (who was much upset), making only minor musical alterations but freely using originally light or comic melodies for new serious words. It was this collection above all which clinched Moore's already enormous popularity." John Warrack in Grove Music Online.

"Irish composer [John Stevenson]... is best known for his ‘symphonies and accompaniments’ to Thomas Moore's collection of Irish melodies, in which he showed himself a follower of Haydn. Although his arrangements seem today much too elaborate for the tunes they were intended to enhance, they remained extremely popular in the second half of the 19th century." W.H. Husk, W.H. Grattan Flood, and Bruce Carr in Grove Music Online. Item #30136

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