London: 1740. Unbound.
1 leaf, with a large elaborate vignette to head illustrating the song with music and text below set for voice and figured bass with a separate part for flute. Signed by the engraver, G. Bickham junr. Ca 326 x 200 mm. (12.75" x 7.85") [plate mark].
Slightly worn; minor browning to edges; minor dampstaining.
From the second edition of Bickham's monumental work, first published in 1737-1739. BUC p. 107. RISM BII p. 245.
Howard was an English composer and organist. "Most of [his] published music is secular, and his early theatre music is so good that his later mediocrity is puzzling." Roger Fiske in Grove Music Online.
"[Bickham ?1706-1771] was principally famous in music circles for his two illustrated folio volumes The Musical Entertainer, first issued in fortnightly parts, each containing four plates, from January 1737 to December 1739. The 200 plates are songs, headed and surrounded with pictorial embellishments illustrative of the song ..., and engraved in the style of and even copied directly from Gravelot and Watteau. This work was the first of its kind to be published in England and quickly produced imitators such as Lampe’s British Melody, engraved by Benjamin Cole." Frank Kidson et al. in Grove Music Online.
A charming engraving.
The Musical Entertainer is considered one of the finest 18th century illustrated books. Complete copies of this monumental work are exceptionally rare.
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