London: J. Wilcox, 1737. Quarto. Full 18th century dark brown calf with raised bands on spine in gilt-ruled compartments, the initials "ML" to upper compartment. 1f. (recto title printed in red and black, verso blank), [i]-iii (dedication to "The Honourable Colonel Blathwayt") [iv] (blank), [v]-viii (preface), 9-45, [i] (blank) pp. (text) + 93 plates of engraved musical examples, ten of which are folding.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; head and tail of spine slightly chipped; hinges split; minor worming to front endpapers; front free endpaper detached. Worming to first six leaves, not seriously affecting printed area. A fresh and attractive copy overall.
First Edition. Kassler, p. 674. Gregory-Bartlett I, p. 146. Cortot, p. 107. Hirsch I, 301. Wolffheim I, 761. RISM BVI, p. 476.
Lampe was a German-born composer and bassoonist active in Britain.
"As to the Pieces alrady in Print, I need not say much, since Masters can make but little, and Scholars no Use of them. I believe many, who have endeavoured to learn Thorough Bass, will readily confess that they have not been a little puzzled by intricate Rules, only directing them what to play to the Figures 4/2 &c. without any other Explaination or Reason. Some indeed have gone a little further, and have shewn what Cord those Figures represent, and how to learn something of the Keys; but I don't find any have given plain Directions and practical Rules built upon the Grounds of Composition, to shew how each Sound in each Key should be accompanied, and why, and I beg Leave to say no Rules for Thorough Bass are of any Value without it." The Preface, p. vi. Item #31438
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