Stuttgart: Franz Heinrich Köhler, 1835-1842.
7 volumes. Octavo. Quarter dark tan leather with marbled boards, leather title labels gilt to spine with decorative devices gilt, red edges.
Vol. I: 1f. (recto title, verso quote from Schiller), [iii]-xii (foreword), -750 + 4 folding plates (3 music and 1 Bach's family tree).
Vol. II: 1f. (recto title, verso quote from Herder), 3-749, [i] (blank) pp.
Vol. III: 1f. (recto title, verso quote from Göthe), -748 pp. + 2ff. + 2 folding plates music.
Vol. IV: 1f. (recto title, verso quote from Herder), -748 pp. + 1f. (recto music, verso blank). Small hole to pp. 319/320 affecting several letters.
Vol. V: 1f. (recto title, verso quote from Herder), -749, [i] (blank) pp. + 1f. music.
Vol. VI: 1f. (recto title, verso quote from Der Encyclopädist), -924 pp. + 1f. music.
Supplement-Band: 1f. (recto title, verso blank), -445, [i] (blank) pp. + 1f. (recto title "Anhang zum Supplement-Bande," verso blank), 2ff. ("Vorwort der Verlagshandlung ... Buchhandlung von F. H. Köhler" dated Stuttgart, November 1842 and Vorwort des herausgebers des Nachtrages by F.S. Gassner [overpaste] dated Karlsruhe, November 1842), 123, [i] (blank), 2pp. ("Register" for the supplement), [i]-lxxxviii ("General-Register" for the 6 volumes) pp.
With a number of musical examples and diagrams within text.
Small bookplate to front pastedown of Vol. I; contemporary inscription dated Erfurth November 8, 1835 to lower outer corner of front free endpaper.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; light tan leather title label to Vol. I, others red. Occasional minor foxing and browning; tear to folding plate in Vol. 1 repaired with archival tape to verso; other minor imperfections; some mispagination, but complete.
A very good copy overall.
"One of the leading 19th-century repositories of musical knowledge ... including numerous biographies displaced or reduced in later reference works." Duckles/Keller 62.
Schilling is best-remembered today for the present work, contributors to which included "A.B. Marx, Rellstab, Schnyder von Wartensee, Seyfried, G.W. Fink, J.A.G. Heinroth and Gottfried Weber. Schilling seems to have written many unsigned articles, including perhaps the one on himself. The subject articles are of much less interest than those on musicians, especially secondary names of roughly the editor's own time: the latter often contain information which cannot be found elsewhere." Alec Hyatt King, revised by Malcolm Miller in Grove Music Online.
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