Dresden ... Leipzig: Breitkopf, 1783.
Octavo. Contemporary carta rustica with manuscript titling to spines. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 6ff. (introduction), 1f. (contents), 464; 465-976 pp. + 8 folding plates of music, one incorporating a small diagram. Many edges uncut. With occasional decorative woodcut headpieces and woodcut head- and tail rules; several tables in text.
Early signature ("?J[ohannes] Schüler") and "32" to title of Vol. I and first page of text to Vol. II.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped, minor worming; small decorative label to upper outer corner of free front endpapers partially removed; edges dusty. Occasional foxing; worming to upper portion of final leaves of Vol. I, occasionally just touching a few letters of first line of text; very minor paper loss to blank lower inner margin of pp. 873/874.
A fresh and attractive copy overall.
Second edition (first published in 1758). Hirsch I, 10. Gregory-Bartlett p. 7. Wolffheim I, 437. Not in Cortot. RISM Écrits, p. 67.
"In Anleitung zu der musikalischen Gelahrtheit Adlung organized a vast collection of information for both the scholar and amateur. He recorded all the sources of knowledge known to him about a variety of theoretical and practical subjects such as: the history of music, music and mathematics (including problems of tuning), the organ’s history, registration, construction and building costs (material plundered from the Musica mechanica organoedi manuscript), descriptions of other musical instruments, the art of singing, thoroughbass, the chorale (including a significant description of various kinds of organ chorale preludes), the art of improvisation, the Italian tablature and the art of composition. This accumulation of factual data and the variety of Adlung’s own practical observations have as yet to be fully assimilated in modern research. As the testimony of a learned musician, this work offers a dramatic example of the accomplishment of German musical scholarship in the mid-18th century." George J. Buelow, revised by Quentin Faulkner, in Grove Music Online.
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