Milano: Candido Buccinelli ... contrada di s. Margherita num. 1118. 1812.
Octavo. Dark blue calf-backed marbled boards, spine in decorative compartments gilt, titling gilt, marbled endpapers. 1f. (recto title, verso publisher's note), [v]-viii, 298, [i], (errata), [ii] ("Contorni delle Medaglie") [i] (blank) pp.
First Edition of one of the first biographical accounts of Haydn, preceded only by the far less important biographical pieces by Framery and Le Breton. Wolffheim II, 523. The present, work was translated into English in 1839 as The Life of Haydn in Letters.
Carpani was an Italian librettist, critic and poet. "Among various writings, two books are particularly important: Le Haydine ... and Le Rossininane ossia lettere musico-teatrali. ... The former was plagiarized by Stendhal and this created a lively controversy. These books show that Carpani was very knowledgeable about all contemporary music and an astute judge of the renewal movement in the early 19th century. He was in touch with all the major composers of his period, and accompanied Rossini on his celebrated visit to Beethoven in 1822." TNG Vol. 3, p. 818.
Majer, Andrea 1765-1837. Discorse sulla Origine Progressi e Stato Attuale della Musica Italiana. Padova: Minerva, 1821. 1f. (recto title, verso quotation from Quintil), 3-173, [i] (("Avvertimento"), 1f. (recto "Indice," verso colophon "Della Nuova Società Tipografica in Ditta N.Z. Bettoni e Compagni, 1821"). First Edition. OCLC (copies in France and Italy only). With the fine engraved half-length frontispiece portrait of Haydn by J. Neidl after Zitterer often lacking.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped. Some minor wear and foxing but in very good condition overall.
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