London: Augener & Co.
Octavo. Full dark brown cloth with titling and decorative device embossed to upper, titling gilt to spine. 1f. (recto title, verso quote from Milton), [iii]-vi ("Preface" dated London, June, 1889), [vii]-xii ("Table of Contents"), -254 pp., 3ff. (publisher's advertisements). With numerous musical examples in text.
A presentation copy, with a signed inscription from the author to Dr. C.W. Pearce (in all likelihood Charles William Pearce, 1856-1909, noted British organist and composer) to front free endpaper: "With warm regards, and best thanks for much valuable assistance in the preparation of this volume, from The Author 12 September 1889" and a second presentation inscription signed "CWP."
With autograph musical example tipped in following page 86 with autograph note signed by Prout: "Dear Sir, I work this exercise as you have done at (a) See 'Key to Exercises in Harmony' p. 10. Yours faithfully Ebenezer Prout" dated "Sep. 19th 1900."
Name of recipient of second presentation inscription partially erased; underlining and annotations in pencil throughout.
"In 1876 [Prout] published Instrumentation, the first of a series of treatises which established his reputation as an authority on music theory and were extremely influential on music students well into the 20th century. The first British theorist to write extensively on musical form, melodic construction, contrapuntal techniques and orchestration, his books provided a multitude of actual examples, drawn from his encyclopedic and detailed knowledge of music from Bach to Sullivan. His writing was informed by his reading of German theorists ... " Rosemary Williamson in Grove Music Online.
Prout's library was acquired by Trinity College, Dublin.
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