3 volumes. Small oblong octavo (ca. 160 x 245 mm). Original quarter mid-tan calf with marbled boards, decorative dark red leather title labels gilt to uppers.
Flute: 1f. ("Index June 1812"), 2ff. (index), 1f. (blank), 168 pp., 1f.
Secondo: 168 pp.
Basso: 168 pp., 1f.
Each volume notated in black ink in a single hand on 7 or 8 rastrum-ruled staves, Flute and Basso parts with final leaf with a chart of enharmonic pitch equivalents and instructions for raising pitch by a half-step.
From the collection of the distinguished American musicologist, music librarian, flautist, and diplomat Carleton Sprague Smith (1905-1994).
Bindings worn and detached; spines split; leather very deteriorated. Slightly browned; some edges slightly chipped; lower margins of some leaves slightly defective, occasionally just touching notation.
Over 200 pieces arranged for flute, a second treble instrument, and basso continuo, including themes from popular operas and oratorios, sinfonias, glees, hymns, and folksongs.
Composers represented include Abel, Alberti, Astorga, Campion, Corelli, Devienne, Dussek, Edelmann, Giardini, Handel, Haydn, Hook, Kammel, Kozeluch, Mould, Mozart, Paisiello, Pleyel, Purcell, Schobert, Shield, Tenducci, Vanhall, and others.
It would appear that the present collection consists of original arrangements and, as such, provides a wealth of presumably unpublished material for flute, violin, and bass. There are numerous references to a "Quarto" copy, indicating that many of these arrangements may exist in other manuscripts.
A fascinating collection providing detailed insight into domestic music-making in the early 19th century.
Price: $2,000.00 other currencies