London: Printed for and sold by John Rutherford in St. Martins Court near Leicesterfields, 1775.
Folio. Early plain paper boards with dark green leather title label gilt to spine. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 12 pp. With index in contemporary manuscript to recto of preliminary leaf.
Contains 12 songs for voice and guitar printed on a single stave, as follows:
If 'Tis Joy to Wound a Lover
To Heal the Wound Sung by Mr. Du-bellamy in Mother Shipton
A Favorite Scotch Song Sung in the Maid of Bath
Vain is the Thin Disguise of Art
The Heavy Hours
Kate of Aberdeen
By My Sighs
How Sleeps my Gentle Celia
It is not Love
First Edition. Possible unicum, although John Rutherford did publish works of similar nature. See Kloss: The "Guittar" in Britain 1753-1800," website Just Another Tune. Not in BUC, COPAC, or RISM.
"David Rutherford, a Scotchman, kept a music business at the sign of Viol and German Flute, in St. Martin's Court, near Leicester Fields, and was succeeded by John Rutherford [?his son]." Kidson: British Music Publishers, Printers, and Engravers, p. 112.
Giordani, [Tommaso] ca. 1730-1806
The Favorite Airs in the Critic Sung with universal Applause by Miss Field Miss Abrahams & Sigr. Delpini at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane adapted for the Voice, Harpsichord, Violin, German Flute & Guittar[!] ... Price 1:6. London: Printed by Longman and Broderip No. 26 Cheapside Music Sellers to the Royal Family, [?1781].  (title), 2-12 pp. With publisher's catalogue to foot of final leaf: "New Music printed by Longman & Broderip." A farce, with text by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The Critic was first performed in London at Drury Lane on October 29, 1779. Sheridan (1751-1816), an Irish satirist, playwright, and poet, is known for his plays The Rivals, The School for Scandal, The Duenna, etc.; he was the long-term owner of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
First Edition. BUC p. 378, COPAC (4 copies), RISM G2100 (5 copies).
"By early 1770 Giordani was very active with the Italian Opera at the King's Theatre. Over the next 13 years he composed the entire music to three operas, collaborated in a pastoral, L'omaggio (1781), and arranged, adapted and added new overtures or airs to a number of Italian pasticcios. He also directed many operas at the King's Theatre and contributed incidental music to plays, including the songs to Sheridan's The Critic at Drury Lane (25 October 1779). Giordani's activities were not confined to the theatre. He composed many songs for Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, several sets of canzonets, and a large number of instrumental works which show a partiality for combinations involving keyboard. His quintets (op.1) for keyboard and strings are among the earliest in this genre. The number of pieces that Giordani wrote for younger, less experienced players is also noteworthy." Irene Cholij in Grove Music Online.
Binding worn, rubbed, and bumped. Occasional minor signs of wear including browning, soiling, and staining.
Price: $750.00 other currencies