Leipzig: Koch und Weigel, 1800.
Small thick quarto. Orignal publisher's dark green printed wrappers, marbled pastedowns, all edges gilt. 1f. (recto blank, verso frontispiece engraving by D. Chodowiecki), 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto half-title, verso blank), 15ff. interleaved with illustrative plates, 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (foreword), 3ff. (index), 1f. (recto half-title "Prosaische Auffässe," verso blank), -396 pp. , 1f. (recto "Anhang," verso blank) -16 ("Gesellschaftliche Spiele").
The above followed by pp. 17-20 containing textual descriptions of the social dances "Angloisen, Quadrille und Seize" + 3 plates of diagrammatic illustrations of the dances including six angloises, one schottisch, one hopser, one quadrille, and one seize followed by [i] ("6 Angloisen, 2 Hopser, 1 Quadrille, 1 Seize, 2 Menuetten und 3 Walzer von I.L. Lessig"), 2-39 typeset music, [i] (colophon) pp. + 12ff. (publisher's advertisements).
The musical settings are for two violins and bass.
Wrappers somewhat worn, creased, and faded; annotation to upper outer corner of free front endpaper crossed out in ink. Worn, browned, and foxed.
Becker was a German art historian and author, his chief being the Taschenbuch zum geselligen Vergnügen ("Handbook for Social Enjoyment"), published in Leipzig from 1791-1814.
Price: $250.00 other currencies