Leipzig: Schwickertschen Verlage, 1792.
Octavo. Half dark brown cloth with marbled boards. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication, verso blank), [v]-xxiv, 1f. (recto part title, verso blank), -540 pp., with index to pp. 515-540.
With contemporary signature of J. Martin S. Heuckeroth [Amsterdam] to front free endpaper and his oval handstamp to title, verso of dedication, pp. xxiv, 323, 540, and verso of rear free endpaper.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; hinges partially split. Uniform light browning; lower inner margins of first leaves, including title, dampstained; very occasional minor foxing; some mispagination (pp. 225-240); small tear to pp. 523/524 with minor loss to text; title slightly worn and soiled with Heuckeroth and Jacob Eck and Le Febvre, Amsterdam handstamps.
First Edition. Scarce. Wolffheim I, 221. Hirsch IV, 1040. RISM BVI, p. 323.
A German music historian, theorist and bibliographer, Forkel "is generally regarded as one of the founders of modern musicology ... The Allgemeine Geschichte, the magnum opus of Forkel’s historical studies, was the first German attempt at a comprehensive history of music ... [It] set the standard for later bibliographies in terms of thoroughness and organization. It contains some 3000 entries, from antiquity to the late 18th century, with well-ordered comments on the content and quality of each source." George B. Stauffer in Grove Music Online.
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