London: Printed for T. Becket and Co. in the Strand, 1771.
Octavo. Full dark brown calf with raised bands on spine in gilt-ruled compartments, dark red leather title label gilt, gilt-tooled edges. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), [iii]-vii ("Explication of Some Music Terms and Foreign Words ..."), [i] (blank), 1f. (recto errata, verso blank), 396 pp. + 5ff. (index) + 1f. (recto advertising Burney's forthcoming History of Music, verso blank).
Signature to front pastedown.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; rebacked, with spine in mid-tan; endpapers somewhat worn and browned; hinges reinforced. Light uniform browning; occasional foxing; blank upper outer margins slightly dampstained.
First Edition. Cortot p. 41. Gregory-Bartlett p. 48. RISM BVI, p. 192.
Burney "turned to writing about the history of his own art, but determined that he would need to engage in research in France and Italy to augment his broad acquaintance with the relevant and available material in England. In June 1770 he left England on a tour of the leading cities of France and Italy... Burney's published account of this tour, The Present State of Music in France and Italy, established him as one of music history's keenest observers and most entertaining commentators." Kerry S. Grant in Grove Music Online.
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