Paris: Jean-Baptiste-Christophe Ballard, 1730, 1731, 1736, 1737]. 4 volumes. Oblong quarto. Volumes I, II, and VI uniformly bound in early 20th century mid-tan calf-backed marbled boards with raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt, dark brown leather title labels gilt, gilt dates to foot, marbled endpapers; Volume VII bound in full 18th century leather with raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt, edges with decorative tooling gilt, plain endpapers.
Fine decorative woodcut initials, tailpieces, and running heads throughout. Small woodcut publisher's device to title. Music printed from type in diamond-head notation throughout. Text in French.
Four volumes of this rare collection containing over 330 Baroque drinking and love songs, operatic airs, and other vocal works set for either one or two voices including chaconnes, chansonettes, cotillions, fanfares, minuets, marches, musettes, polonnaises, pastorelles, rondeaus, sarabandes, suites, tambourins, and vaudevilles.
1f. (recto title, verso blank), [i] (publisher's note dated "Le premier jour de 1730"), [ii]-[iii] (publisher's catalogue), [iv]-[vii] (contents), [viii] (publisher's note), 1f. (recto half-title, verso blank), 1f. (second half-title, verso blank), 125, 126- (alphabetical index). Some ink stains and minor annotations to title; final leaf with early paper repairs to margins affecting text.
Composers represented in this volume include Alarius, Anfait, Bertin, Campra, Colin, Couperin, Destouches, Dornel, Dubois, Endel [Handel], Francoeur, Lacoste, Lalande, Lully, Mouret, Rameau, Rebel, and Rebel père. The Handel piece, with text commencing "Daphis, profitons du temps" (page 68) is a parody of "Se risolvi abbandonarmi" from Handel's opera Floridante. See Vierteljahrschrift für Musikwissenschaft Vol I. p. 79, Leipzig, 1885.
1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto half-title, verso blank), 2ff. ("Table"), 1f. (recto publisher's catalogue, verso contents), 96 pp. Small hole to title; worming to blank lower inner margins of first ca. 35 leaves; many leaves with browning to upper margin. Lacking pp. 3-8, 15-18, 33-34, 89-90. Two leaves preceding title somewhat crudely inserted, the second with Cortot's bookplate to recto; free endpapers reinforced at outer edge; some preliminary leaves bound out of order.
Composers represented in this volume include Campra, Colin de Blamont, Couperin, Dampierre, Decaix, Destouches, Gervais, Gilllier, Godonesche, Lully, Marais, Montéclair, Mouret, Philidor, Reffier, and Salomon.
1f. (recto title, verso blank),  (half-title), - ("Table Alphabetique"), - (contents),  (publisher's catalogue), 5-102 pp. + 1f. (recto "Attribution de la Charge de Seul Imprimeur du Roy pour Musique"), verso blank. Lacking pp. 19-22, 79-80, and 87-88.
Composers represented in this volume include the Marquis de Brassac, Campra, Colin, Colin de Blamont, Couperin, Destouches, Gatti, Lully, Marais, Montéclair, Philidor, and Rameau.
1f. (recto title, verso blank), - ("Table Alphabetique"), 6-8 (publisher's catalogue), 131, [i] (blank) pp.
With "à Mademoiselle De Nannes" in contemporary manuscript to front pastedown.
Composers represented in this volume include Boismortier, Bouvard, Campra, Charpentier, Chauvon, Destouches, Durochet, Francoeur, Handel, Lalande, Morin, Niel, Rameau, Rebel, Renier, and Senaillé. The Handel piece with text commencing "Par les charmes d'un doux mensonge" (page 77P) is spurious. See Grove Music Online works list, "French songs."
From the distinguished collection of the renowned Franco-Swiss pianist, conductor, and teacher Alfred Cortot (1877-1962), with his distinctive bookplate to front pastedowns of two volumes, small monogrammatic handstamp to lower outer corners of titles, and pencilled annotations to front endpapers and occasionally throughout.
Binding to Volume VII slightly worn; corners rubbed and bumped; minor loss to head and tail of spine; lower joints tender. Slightly worn, soiled, and browned; occasional small stains, including from early pressed flowers; some leaves slightly creased; several leaves slightly cropped, just touching running heads; very occasional mispagination; other minor defects; bookplate to pastedowns partially removed.
First Editions. Rare. Not in Lesure. RISM BVI pp. 280-281 (one copy of each of the four volumes in the U.S. only ).
Jean-Baptiste-Christophe Ballard (ca. 1663-1750), was a member of the celebrated French family of music printers and composers, "important for over 200 years... He was established as a master printer and bookseller in the rue Frementelle on 6 June 1694. On his father’s death he moved to the Ballard shop in the rue Saint-Jean-de-Beauvais and received his father's title as royal printer for music. He continued the monthly Airs sérieux et à boire and flooded the market with various ‘Tendresses’, ‘Parodies’, ‘Amusements’ and ‘Menuets chantants’, in an attempt to capture a wider audience. He produced monumental editions of the works of Lully, Destouches and Campra and was the publisher of Rameau’s Traité (1722) and Nouveau système (1726)." Samuel F. Pogue, Jonathan Le Cocq, Monique Rollin and David Ledbetter in Grove Music Online. Item #31158
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