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1830 Collection of Sheet Music, Bound

This is an interesting selection of sheet music, bound in 1830, the year in which George IV died, and was succeeded by William IV. This is the year of binding, so the sheet music may well be older.
The book is bound in half red leather over marbled paper covered boards, the binding being quite worn and bumped with losses to the leather and to the marbled paper. There is a red morocco leather label on the top board with a gilt decorative border and the owner’s name, M. C. Hyatt and the number 1 in gilt. Marbled endpapers with a hand-drawn and lettered bookplate on the front free endpaper.
The music begins with Hart’s seventh set of Quadrilles, dances which include instructions for the dances beneath the music in both English and French. There are three with instructions and two without. There one other example of French Quadrilles further into the book, with dance instructions in French. Other pieces include some by Weber, and one by Mozart. There are two nice engraved title pages. One piece is printed on pink paper.
The book is in good condition, with a very few pages toned, some offsetting from the engraved music, and occasional annotations in pencil above the music. Two pages are loose but in good condition, and there are a few pages with small losses to the edges but no losses to the music.
33.5 cm (13.5 inches) tall by 25.5 (10 inches) wide, about 28 parts, with the two examples of dance music having several pieces together.



Cambrian Minstrelsie
(Alawon Gwalia)

A National Collection of Welsh Songs
The Music in Old and New Notations
Edited and Harmonised by Joseph Parry
Words in English and Welsh Edited by David Rowlands

Publisher: T. C. & E.C. Jack, Edinburgh, undated , c.1893. This work was published in 6 volumes, and we are offering volumes 2, 3,4, and 5. the books are bound in brick red cloth with titles and decorations in gilt and black on the top boards, and a vignette stamped in blind on the lower boards. All edges red. Each volume has a colour frontispiece tipped on, with titled tissue guards. In Volume 3 the front endpaper has split along the hinge, but the binding is still tight. The books have some light marks to the cloth, and a very occasional isolated spot to a page, but are mainly clean and bright inside.
Each volume contains many airs, arranged for voice and piano, with words in Welsh and English.
Quarto volumes, 31.5cm, 12.5 inches tall, Vol. II, 151 pages, Vol. III, 231 pages, Vol. IV, 76 pages, Vol. V, 161 pages.


John White

The Anthology of British Viola Players

Publisher: Comus Edition, 1997, first edition. Green cloth covered hardback with titles on the spine in gilt, in its original dust jacket. Both book and jacket are in very good condition with slight bumping of the board corners, and two small closed tears to the dust jacket, which is now protected in a removable sleeve. Signed by the author ‘To Louise, with all good wishes, John White’ on the title page. Clean, bright and tight in its binding.
The dust jacket states: ‘The serious recognition afforded the viola in Britain today has been established by several generations of players and composers. This wealth of talent is reflected in John White’s unique anthology in which the subjects range from Henry Hill, who gave the first London performance of Berlioz’ Harold in Italy in 1848, to some talented young violists of the present day.
Containing more than 150 articles and over 250 photographs and illustrations, the anthology also includes two appendices which offer a useful source of reference to the viola repertoire and to the many players mentioned in the text.
An Anthology of British Viola Players will be of interest to all musicians and those who enjoy music everywhere.’
Quarto sized, 29 cm (11.5 inches) tall, 260 pages.



John Playford

An Introduction to the Skill of Musick;
In Three Books

I. The Grounds and Principles of Musick according to the Gamut: In the most Easie Method, for Young Practitioners
II. Instructions and Lessons for the Treble, Tenor and Bass-Viols; and also for the Treble-Violin.
III. The Art of Descant, or composing Musick in Parts; Made very Plain and Easie by the late Mr. Henry Purcell.
The Fifteenth Edition
Corrected, and done on the New Ty’d Note

Printed by W. Pearson for Henry Playford, at his shop in Temple-Change, Fleet Street; and John Sprint at the Bell in Little-Britain, 1703, fifteenth edition. Rebound in 20th century full leather with titles in gilt on the spine and top board.
This is a very rare book, even though it evidently went through many editions. It was a book meant to be used, and constant use leads to destruction. This copy shows many signs of use, but survives in spite of that. Pages have variable levels of marks and age toning throughout the book. Please see the photos for an overview of this. Two leaves have short closed tears, without loss of text, and there are some small holes in the gutter of the title page and two leaves with a small hole each, with a tiny loss of text on one leaf. An early owner of the book, one Higgit Jowett, has written his name and ownership on the title page and in two other places, in one of these (on a blank page) he has also erased a previous owner’s name. There are also a couple of instances of small marginalia, and one other signature in a blank space at the bottom of a page, and again on the verso of the title page (Ralph Stack). Pages 81 to 90 are missing, and pages 171-178 have been misbound between pages 106 and 107. There is a small pencil note to this effect on page 179. There is also a 20th century gift inscription on the replacement endpaper. These endpapers are of stiff, heavy paper, intended as protection for the text block.
In spite of the faults the book is in good condition. There are several pages of songs for two voices where the bass part is printed upside-down, so that both singers may use the book at the same time, and many other pages of printed music. There are two engravings, one full-page of the Bass Viol, and the other within the text of the Treble-Violin.
Includes a Preface to all Lovers of Musick by John Playford, Of Musick in General; and of its Divine and Civil Uses, also by Playford, and two elegies on the Death of Mr. John Playford.
17cm, 6.75 inches, tall, title page, 16 pages prelims (including contents), pages 1-80, 91-180.


Fernando Sor, Mozart, Rossini, Weber and others.
A Bound Collection of Georgian Sheet Music,
c.1800 to 1830

This is a very interesting collection of early 19th century sheet music. Many of the pieces were either published or purchased in Ireland, several being published by W. Powell, 4 Westmoreland St. Dublin, and two having a label for Richard Gillespie’s Music and Musical Instrument Warehouse, 33 Patrick St. Cork, and I find him listed here in 1824. Yet another has a nice seller’s label from Dublin, Paul Alday 10 Dame Street. Alday was at this address from 1815 to 1835.
Quite a few of the pieces were published by the Royal Harmonic Institution, Argyll Street, which was founded in 1818 and remained at Argyll Street until it burned down in 1830. Several of these London published pieces have seller’s stamps from Ireland.
There are forty-one pieces of music in the collection, most of around five pages, a very few are one sheet only, while others are three sheets long, and several have seven pages. Two have engraved vignettes on their covers.
Possibly the most interesting piece is Impromptu dans la genre du Bolero fait au Sujet du grand bruit que l’on fait avec les Cloches l’apres midi de la Toussaints en Espagne par F. Sor. F. Sor was Fernando Sor (1788-1839), a famous guitarist and composer. Sheet music surviving from Sor’s lifetime is very rare. This piece is seven pages long and is in very good condition.
There are also pieces by Mozart “Forget Me Not”, four pages including words in English and German, in very good condition, and Rossini “Tu Che Accendi” which has a piece missing from the lower edge of the first leaf, with some small loss of music, otherwise very good. There is one piece by Carl Maria Von Weber ‘Lo! The Star of Eve is Glancing’, from Preciosa, in very good condition.
I would say that the majority of this music dates from the 1820s, and was bought in Ireland, either in Dublin or Cork.
The music is in varying condition, most being very good. Some pieces have closed tears, and there are some losses to edges and corners, but only two of these have resulted in any loss of music. There are occasional light marks, and some creases. The original half leather binding has been covered, probably in the 19th century, with brown paper, which is beginning to wear away along the spine.
The pages have been sequentially numbered in a 19th century hand, and an attempt to index the pieces has been made on the ffep, and continued later in a 20th century hand, though it still remains very incomplete. On the back endpaper, there is a 19th century inscription:
This book lay at the South Hamlet House on the ???day 7th August 1834, Edward Roche
Quarto sized, 33.5cm tall (13.25 inches).




The Cauldron of Annwyn

A Trilogy
The Children of Don
Dylan, Son of the Wave

Libretto by T.E. Ellis
Music by Josef Holbrooke

Three volumes. The Children of Don, published by Novello & Co. Ltd, 1912, bound in card wraps with a cloth spine. Dylan, Son of the Wave, published by Novello & Co. Ltd, 1910, bound in pictorial card wraps with a cloth spine, and Bronwen, published by Goodwin & Tarr Ltd, 1922, their details obscured by a label stating ‘From the Modern Music Library’, (it seems that there was a change of publishers in mid-stream), bound in pictorial hard covers with a cloth spine.
These are three operas written from stories in the Mabinogion, Welsh heroic tales which are the earliest prose literature in Britain, transcribed for earlier oral sources. It seems that Holbrooke and Ellis were trying to do for Welsh myth what Wagner did for the Teutonic myths. Once highly praised, these operas have somewhat fallen out of favour, but perhaps a revival is due?
All three volumes are in very good condition, with some wear to the bindings. The Children of Don has darkening to the wraps, and a pencil note on the front cover, and some distress to the back spine area. But remaining tightly bound. Internally, the pages have a few turned corners, but are otherwise clean. 33 cm (13 inches) tall, 314 pages.
Dylan has some fraying to the head and foot of the cloth spine and slight wear to the edges of the pictorial wraps. Internally the book has one owner inscription on the front free endpaper, but is otherwise clean. The very attractive cover illustration is by S. H. Sime (Sydney Herbert Sime), who illustrated books for Lord Dunsany, and also William Hope Hodgson and Arthur Machen. 33cm (13 inches) tall, 296 pages.
Bronwen also has a beautiful colour cover by the same artist, even though it was published some ten years later. This cover had a few small ink marks and a little edge wear. Bronwen also has some fraying to the spine cloth, including a 10 cm split in the front hinge. The book remains tightly bound and is clean and bright inside. 36cm (14 inches) tall, 282 pages.
Dylan has the libretto in English and Italian, and Bronwen has the libretto in English and German.



John Thomas

280 Technical Exercises for the Harp

Intended to enable the student to execute, with facility, the passages to be found in all the works hitherto composed for that instrument.
Preceded by a History of the Harp
From the earliest period down to the present day.
By John Thomas, Harpist to His Majesty the King

Publisher: Hutchings and Romer, undated but c.1902. Bound in the publisher’s moiré blue cloth with titles on the top board in gilt. All edges gilt.
This book is in very good condition, with some bumping and marks to the boards, a little light scattered foxing to occasional pages, two leaves with creases to the upper edge. A pencil note on one page. Mainly clean and bright.
John Thomas (1 March 1826 – 19 March 1913) was a Welsh composer and harpist, with the help of Ada Lovelace (Byron’s daughter) he was admitted to the Royal Academy of Music at the tender age of 14.
This particular copy is inscribed by John Thomas on the title page; ‘Presented to Miss Rita Jacobs in recognition of her winning the Gold Medal at the London Academy of Music. January 1902. John Thomas’
Folio size, 37 cm, 14.5 inches, tall, viii prelims (includes a history of the harp), 127 pages.


Edward Jones

The Bardic Museum Of Primitive British Literature And Other Admirable Rarities;

Forming the second volume of the Musical, Poetical and Historical Relicks of The Welsh Bards and Druids Drawn from Authentic Documents of Remote Antiquity; (With great pains rescued from oblivion,) And Never Before Published
Containing The Bardic Triads; Historic Odes; Eulogies; Songs; Elegies; Memorials of the Tombs of the Warriors; Of King Arthur and His Knights; Regalias; The Wonders of Wales, Etc: With English Translations and Historic Illustrations:
Likewise The Ancient War-Tunes of the Bards;
To these National Melodies are added New Basses; With Variations for The Harp, or Harpsichord;
Violin, or Flute
By Edward Jones,
Bard to the Prince

Together with

Hên Ganiadau Cymru.
Cambro-British Melodies

Or the National Songs and Airs of Wales
The Third Volume of the
Musical, Poetical and Historical Relicks of
The Welsh Bards and Druids

Vol. II, Printed by A Strahan for the Author, 1802, Volume III undated but c. 1820. Both volumes bound in 20th century cloth bindings with titles in gilt on the top boards.
The Bardic Museum has the hand-coloured engraved frontispiece, drawn by Ibbotson and J. Smith and engraved by Rowlandson. It contains much ancient Welsh literature in both Welsh and English, and many sheets of beautifully engraved music. The third volume which accompanies it is a compilation of music with copious notes about the various places and people mentioned in the songs. More volumes were planned, but never published, due to Edward Jones’ death in 1824, and this third volume in very rare.
These books are both in very good, rebound condition. The bindings are sound and in very good condition. The contents have only a very few light marks and are also in very good condition. Two important books for Welsh history.
Folio sized, 35 cm (14 inches) tall. Volume II, xx, 112 pages, complete, Volume III, 59 pages, complete.


Aptommas (Thomas Thomas)

Aptommas’ History of the Harp.

In which is given a comprehensive view of its origin and progress from the Creation to the present time and embracing accounts of its employment respectively by the
Antediluvians, Egyptians, Hebrews, Grecians, Romans, Cimbrians, Celts, French &c.
Together with a Biographical Sketch of the Most Celebrated Harpists Who have contributed to its developement [sic]
Illustrated With Representations of Ancient Harps &c.
Published by the Author
At the Conservatoire de la Harpe New York

Publisher: Aptommas, New York, c.1860, first edition. Aptommas’ Harp Journal. Bound in original cream cloth richly decorated in gilt on both boards, with a deep floral border surrounding a vignette of a hound, an Irish harp and shamrocks. This is a signed copy, inscribed on the first blank page by Aptommas to Louisa Harrold.
This is a very rare book and it was previously the property of Dr Colin A. Gresham.
‘Dr Colin A. Gresham (1913-1989) of Criccieth, Caernarfonshire, was an archaeologist and historian. He published Medieval Stone Carving in North Wales in 1968 and Eifionydd, A Study in Landownership from the Medieval Period to the Present Day in 1973. He jointly published with E.G. Bowen The History of Merioneth, vol. 1: From the earliest times to the age of the native princes in 1969 as well as Teulu'r Tryfan in 1982.’ (Taken from the national Library of Wales, where Dr. Gresham’s papers are held).
Dr Gresham has clipped the entry from the catalogue from which he bought this book and tipped it onto the front endpaper. Quoting from this clipping “Pubd for the Author about 1860. Although a line at the end says, “End of the First Volume,” this is all that was published.
“An extremely rare volume of great interest to Welshmen and Harpists generally, for Aptommas, who was born about 1820, was the last of a long line of itinerant Welsh Harpers. The Compiler of this catalogue knew him well when he was an old man of 80, and remembers many stories he told of tramps over the mountains of Wales with his Harp on his back, entertaining and receiving hospitality at wayside inns and the homes of the gentry. He afterwards spent a considerable time in the United States, but when over 70, returned to Wales and resumed his roving life, giving harp recitals in small towns and villages. He was, without doubt, the finest harpist the compiler has heard, though his obscure way of living brought him little fame compared to that of his brother, John Thomas, who was court harpist to Queen Victoria and a prominent figure in London musical circles of mid-Victorian times.”
The book is in very good condition, with marks and darkening to the cloth, but with bright gilt decorations. There is a small area of damage to the spine, which has been repaired, and bumping to the top and bottom of the spine, and the corners. There are spots and marks to the portrait frontispiece, some light foxing to the lithographic title page, and occasional light marks and foxing spots to pages, but mainly clean.
The book is illustrated with three plates of harps.
Quarto sized, 32 cm tall, 12.5 inches, 55 pages.


John Parry

A Collection of Welsh, English and Scotch Airs With New Variation

Also Four New Lessons for the Harp or Harpsichord
Composed by John Parry
To which are added Twelve Airs for the Guittar

Printed for and sold by the Author, 1761, first edition. Bound in 20th century green cloth with titles in gilt on the top board.
This book of airs was the second in Parry’s series of three, the first being Antient British Music, the third, British Harmony. This copy has been rebound as stated, and is incomplete, lacking all but the first page of the four new lessons for harp or harpsichord, 66 pages of 82. The leaf with pages 15 and 16 has a torn corner with a slight loss to the music. Otherwise the book is complete, including the ‘Twelve Airs for the Guittar’. A guitarist has suggested to me that these particular airs were written for the English guitar, somewhat different to the modern instrument, and very widely played in the 18th century.
Apart from the faults listed above, the book is in very good condition, with some handling marks, and inscriptions on the title page; one ownership inscription ‘Jane Lloyd of Cefn’, and two inscriptions, one in pencil, stating that John Parry was ‘late Master of the Denbighshire Militia Band’, and was known as ‘Blind Parry of Ruabon’ ‘Bard Alaw’. There are also some isolated spots on the title page, and some notations above the music on one page. This is a rare book, in any condition.
There is a very interesting two-page list of subscribers, and a Miss Lloyd of Kefn is present among them (variant spellings are common at this period). Also Sir Watkin Williams Wynne, Bart., and Lady Williams Wynne are listed, the Williams-Wynns being great patrons of the arts. Also listed is Dr. Randall Professor of Music in the University of Cambridge, and quite a few other Cambridge men.
Contains: Sweet Richard; Rhydlan Marsh; Of Noble Race Was Shenkin; Thro’ the Wood Laddie; Mary Scot; Lovely Nancy; Highland Laddie; Gavot in Otho; Minuet; Minuet in Ariadne; Meillionen, or, Sir Watkin’s Delight; The Lass of Patie’s Mill; The Bush aboon Traquair; Count Sax’s Minuet; Can Love be Controul’d by Advice?; Gin thou wert mine ain thing; Aillen a Roon; Minuet in Rodelinda;; Minuet in Samson; and the Twelve Airs for the Guittar.
34 cm tall (13.5 inches) tall, title page, blank, 2pp list of subscribers, pp 1-66.


Richard Roberts

Cambrian Harmony

Being a Collection of Welch Airs
Never Before Published
Arranged as they were originally performed
By The Ancient Britons
Adapted for the Harp and Piano Forte

Dublin, Published for the Author & to be had at his residence. Carnarvon. Undated, but 1829. Bound in 19th century half brown leather over plain paper-covered boards, with titles in gilt on the spine.
This is a rare book, containing thirty airs, including Difyrwch y Brenhin, or King’s Joy; Bro Gwalia, or The Walls of Cambria; Dafydd Garreg Wen, or David the White Stone; Pen Rhaw, or Spade’s Head; Musen yn ei Menyg, or The Coy Dame in White Gloves.
The book is in very good condition, with a little scuffing to the spine leather, two small labels of the Llanover Library on the front endpaper (no other library markings), and the ownership inscription of Dr Colin A. Gresham (a Welsh historian and Archaeologist) dated Awst 1938. There is some offsetting from the engraved music. The date of publication has been written in pencil at the bottom of the title page, and one page has an old, but neat, repair to a closed tear, which does not affect the music. Otherwise the book is clean and bright.
The book has a two-page list of subscribers, which includes the Duke of Sussex, (the sixth son of George III) to whom the book is dedicated.
34 cm tall, 13.5 inches, 49 pages, complete.


Nicholas Bennett

Alawon Fy Ngwlad
The Lays of My Land

Collected by Nicholas Bennett Of Glanyrafon
Arranged for the Harp or Pianoforte
By D. Emlyn Evans

Publisher: Phillips and Son, 1896, Newtown, first edition, two volumes. Bound in the publisher’s maroon cloth over bevelled boards with titles in gilt on the spines and top boards, and gilt vignettes of a music scroll and a runic inscription on both top boards.
This is an uncommon and handsome set of books. Volume one is illustrated with a lithographed frontispiece of John Parry and two plates of portraits of famous Welsh Harpists, and Volume two has a lithographed frontispiece portrait of Nicholas Bennett and one plate of portraits of Pennillion Singers. Volume One begins with a 14-page series of biographies of famous Welsh harpists, the rest of the book being music. Volume Two ends with a four-page description of Pennillion singing, and two pages of music with words, two songs for pennillion singing, with words in Welsh, the rest of the volume is music.
The books are in very good condition. There are some marks to the boards, with bumping and fraying around the corners, and the spines are slightly lightened. The gilt on the bindings is bright. Internally there is some age-toning of the pages, principally to the frontispieces and title pages, but the paper is not at all brittle. There are a very few isolated marks, but the books are mainly clean and bright. The great weight of the thick bevelled boards has pulled on the bindings, and the text blocks are slightly uneven as a consequence, but the bindings have been reinforced discreetly, and are not loose.
Folio size volumes, 36 cm, 14.25 inches, tall. Volume One, xviii, pages 1 to 84 pages, Volume Two, pages 85 to 165, iv, 2pp music, 8pp index.


John Thomas

Welsh Melodies

With Welsh and English Poetry,
By John Jones Esq. and Thomas Oliphant Esq.
Arranged for One Voice,
And also harmonized for Four Voices
With Accompaniment for Harp or Pianoforte

Publisher: Addison, Hollier, and Lucas [1862, volumes I and II], Lamborn Cock & Co.[1870, volume III], J Cramer [1874, volume IV]. Bound in publisher’s royal blue cloth with titles and decorations in gilt on the top boards and in blind on the back boards, all edges gilt, uniformly bound in spite of being published by three different publishers.
The title page of Volume I reads ‘complete in two volumes’, that of Volume II reads ‘complete in three volumes’ and that of Volume IV reads ‘complete in four volumes’. Four volumes were all that were published, and it is uncommon to find a full set as here.
The books are in very good condition, with some mottling to the cloth, but bright gilt in the boards and edges. There is a little bumping to the head and foot of the spines, and the corners. Volume I has occasional isolated spots, mainly clean and bright, Volume II has scattered light foxing to the title page, isolated spots elsewhere, mainly clean and bright. Volume III is clean and bright, Volume IV has scattered foxing to the title page and slightly less so to the following two pages, otherwise clean and bright.
These are folio-sized volumes, 36cm tall (a little over 14 inches.) Volume I, 8 pages of prelims, pages 1 to 114 (114 blank) plus two pages of publisher’s advertisements. Volume II, one page prelims, pages 114 to 240 (240 blank), plus two pages of publisher’s advertisements. Volume III, six pages of prelims, pages 241 to 356 (356 blank), Volume IV, four pages prelims, pages 357 to 472, plus two pages of advertisements.
These books weigh about 4.7kg, so will be expensive to send abroad.


Edward Bunting

A General Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland

Arranged for the Piano Forte;
Some of the most admired Melodies are adapted for the Voice To Poetry chiefly translated from the Original Irish Songs.
By Thomas Campbell Esq.
And Other Eminent Poets:
To which is prefixed A Historical & Critical Dissertation
On the Egyptian, British and Irish Harp

Printed and Sold for the Editor by Clementi & Company, 1809, first edition. Tan cloth spine and corners over purple moiré cloth covered boards with titles in gilt on the top board.
This is an important work on Irish music, and in particular, the Irish harp.
The book is illustrated with five engraved plates and an engraved title page, the plates tissue-guarded, except for the plate of ‘the Twenty-four Measures of Welsh Music’.
The book is in very good condition, with the original spine and corners replaced (not recently) in tan cloth, retaining the original decorative gilt borders and the original purple moiré cloth on the boards, which is a little mottled. Internally the book is tightly bound. The pages have some occasional scattered foxing and some offsetting from the printed music, and two pages have a short closed tear. There is an old price in pencil on the verso of the frontispiece, and two instances of small ink blots. Otherwise the book is clean, and the plates are all clean and bright.
Pagination: iii, 28pp, 2 pages ‘Index to the Airs’, 72pp, complete.
28 pages are Bunting’s Historical and Critical Dissertation on the Harp, and 72 pages are music.
Folio sized, 35 cm (14inches) tall.


John Parry

British Harmony

Being a Collection of Antient Welsh Airs
The traditional Remains of those Originally Sung
By the Bards of Wales
carefully compiled and now first published with some additional Variations

Printed for and sold by John Parry, Ruabon, Denbighshire & P. Hodgson at his Music-shop, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, 1781 first edition. Bound in half leather over paper-covered boards.
This is a very rare book, and this copy is in very good condition. The leather of the binding is a little bumped, and the binding appears 19th century, the book having been originally issued in wraps. The pages within are clean but for a small amount of foxing, and occasional creases to the page corners. The engraved title page appears slightly shaved at the fore-edge. The book includes the two-page subscriber’s list, followed by 38 pages of music, including titles such as; Dynwared yr Eos (Mock Nightingale); Sir Harry Ddû; Creigiau yr Yri; Megen a Gollodd ei Gardas, and many others.
33 cm tall (13 inches).


Missale Romanum
Ex Decreto Sacrosancti
Concilii Tridentini restitutum,
S.PII V. Pontificus Maximi
Jussu Editum,
Clementis VIII. & Urbani VIII
Auctoritate recognitum,
In Quo
Missae Novissimae Sanctorum
accuratè sunt dispositae.

Publisher: Ex. Typographia Balleoniana, Venetiis (Venice), 1757. Recently rebound in full red leather with gilt titles and decorations on the spine, and gilt decorations on both boards. Marbled endpapers. Text in Latin.
A very handsome quarto sized Missal, with an engraved title page and three other full-page engravings, all signed Orsolini. Also several engraved endpieces. Rubricated throughout, with decorated initial letters, each with a tiny cityscape behind the letter. Printed music in red and black. Pages are close cropped with some loss to headings. Also bound in are various other items dated 1774 to 1806. The last of these consists of two handwritten pages, so neatly done as to be easily mistaken for printed, entitled “Missae Sanctorum, celebrandae in alquibus Locis’ and dated 1806. Also loosely included is a sheet of paper handwritten in an 18th century hand what appears to be a prayer in Latin.
Very good condition, with old repairs to 8 leaves, one being repaired with cloth tape, and occasional marks to pages. Tightly bound.
Quarto, 31 cm, 12.25 inches, tall, xxxv prelims, 458 pages, pages numbered i to c, (1 to 100), plus 26 pages of additional material.


John Parry

A Selection of Welsh Melodies
Symphonies and Accompaniments

Publisher: J. Power. Undated, 2 volumes uniformly bound. In this printing, number one is a new edition and was printed after number two, which is a first edition. Parry had already published the first series of these melodies, and this printing of it is revised, with ‘poetry expressly written for it by Mrs. Hemans’ (quoted from Parry’s Advertisement in the second number). Both volumes are bound in the publisher’s blue paper-covered boards with titles and decorations in black on top and bottom boards.
The volumes have identical title pages with an engraved vignette of a harp leaning against a tree and ‘2nd Number’ erroneously present on the title page for the later printed 1st number (struck though and corrected in pencil). Volume 1 (remember this is the later printed volume) has an extra engraved title page for The War Song of Owain Glydwr, which is usually bound in before the song, but is here bound in after the engraved title page. The title page engraving is dated 1821, and the Glyndwr title is dated 1822, but the paper has an 1825 watermark. This appears to be usual and the watermark gives a better idea of the publication date.
In Volume 2 (which was the first published), the title page engraving is dated 1821 as before, but the paper watermark is 1820, so the publication date is likely to coincide with the title page date.
The volumes are folio sized 38.5 cm tall (15.25 inches) and are both in very good condition. They are bumped around the boards edges and corners with some light marks to the boards, and some chips to the paper covered spines. The spines have handwritten titles, and there is one owner name on each top board. Inside, there is a little light scattered foxing to the engraved title pages, but the pages engraved with music or printed with lyrics are clean and bright. The final page of volume one has a closed tear to the inside corner, without loss.
Both volumes have 64 pages of music, with volume one also having 2 engraved title pages, one page index, one page advertisement, while volume two has one advertisement page, one engraved title page and one contents page.
Scarce volumes, with lyrics in English, and some Welsh.


A Collection of Anthems
For Use in York Minster

Privately printed at the University Press in Cambridge. 1951, first and only edition. Bound in red-brown buckram with titles in gilt on the top board.
‘The main body of this book was prepared and edited for the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge between the years 1932 and 1950.’ Because of the greater number and range of services in York Minster, a supplement was added, consisting of 130 anthems with eleven composers not represented in the King’s College edition. The book contains the words of 515 anthems, with many musical composers, including J.S. Bach, Hector Berlioz, Johannes Brahms, William Byrd, John Dowland, Orlando Gibbons, Henry VI, Mozart, Henry Purcell, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, Thomas Tallis, to name but a few.
The book is in very good condition, clean, bright and tightly bound.
Octavo, 22.5cm tall, unpaginated.



1849 Bound Volume of Sheet Music

Bound in half purple leather over marbled paper covered boards with title in gilt on the spine and leather label reading ‘Martha Freestone 1849’. Marbled endpapers.
This is a large volume containing 28 pieces of sheet music of varying length. The sheet music varies in length, from 2 pages, most longer at 5 to 8 pages. They are all bound in with their engraved title pages, some of which are pictorial, shown below.
The book contains music by Strauss, and very interestingly several pieces written by women composers such as, Mrs Hemans and her sister and Mrs. Norton. There are popular songs, several from theatrical productions, including poetry from ‘The Last Days of Pompeii’ by Bulwer-Lytton, set to music.
The book is quarto sized, 36 cm, or a little over 14 inches, tall, and the edges of the pages have been slightly shaved by the binder. It is in very good condition with some rubbing to the leather, rubbing and edge wear to the marbled paper, and some scattered foxing, mainly to title pages. Miss Freestone has written her name on the title pages, and the year, which runs from 1846 to the year of binding. Otherwise the book is clean and bright and tight in its binding.



1842 Bound Volume of Sheet Music
Bound in half black leather over marbled paper covered boards with title and handsome decorations in gilt on the spine and leather label reading ‘M. Freestone 1842’, M standing for Martha.
This is a large volume containing 39 pieces of sheet music of varying length.  The sheet music varies in length, most being 5 pages, but several longer, and one of 39 pages.  They are all bound in with their engraved title pages, some of which are pictorial, shown below.
The book contains three pieces by Mozart, and very interestingly several pieces written by women composers who have undoubtedly been forgotten, such as Alicia Lewin Piper, Mrs Hemans and her sister, and Mrs. George Elliot.  Serious music rubs shoulders with popular songs, several from theatrical productions, reflecting the taste of the times.
The book is quarto sized, 36 cm, or a little over 14 inches, tall, and the edges of the pages have been slightly shaved by the binder. It is in very good condition with some rubbing to the leather, rubbing and edge wear to the marbled paper, and a few occasional instances of pencilled notes for the player above the music.  Otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding.