Music

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We stock a range of antiquarian music, books on music, manuscripts and autographs, with an emphasis on early printed editions and manuscript scores of important composers.

Recent catalogues have included one of a very few surviving lifetime manuscripts of Scarlatti's harpsichord sonatas; a remarkable collection of vocal and instrumental music from the library of the duchesse de Berry; and inscribed first editions of works by Berg, Janacek, Poulenc, Rimsky-Korsakov, Schumann, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Vaughan Williams.
  1. ARISTIDES, Aelius. 

    Orationum tomi tres, nunc primum latine...

    Basel, Peter Perna and Heinrich Petrus, 1566. 

    First edition in Latin, a remarkable...

    £2750

  2. BLANCHET, Joseph.

    L’art, ou les principes philosophiques...

    Paris, Augustin-Martin Lottin, Michel...

    First edition. The designation ‘IIe edition,...

    £750

  3. BURNEY, Charles.

    An Account of the musical Performances...

    London, Printed for the Benefit of the...

    First edition. The Handel Commemoration...

    £1250

  4. BYRD, William, John BULL and Orlando GIBBONS.

    Parthenia or the maydenhead of the first...

    [London, Chiswick Press for W. Heffer...

    Facsimile reprint of the original edition...

    £225

  5. DELLOYE, H.-L. (editor).

    Chants et chansons populaires de la France...

    Paris, Félix Locquin [– Dondey-Dupré;...

    First edition of a finely illustrated,...

    £450

  6. [GLUCK, Christoph Willibald.]

    Paride ed Elena. Dramma per musica . ....

    Vienna, Johann Thomas von Trattner, 1770.

    First edition of Gluck’s Paride ed Elena,...

    £5000

  7. GOUNOD, Charles François.

    A volume of ten songs bound together, all...

    A specially bound volume containing ten...

    £2000

  8. GRASSINEAU, James.

    A Musical Dictionary; being a Collection...

    … London: Printed for J. Wilcox … 1740.

    First edition, based largely on the Dictionnaire...

    £650

  9. GROSSI, G. B. Gennaro.

    Le Belle Arti.

    Naples, dalla tipografia del Giornale...

    First edition in book form, reprinted from...

    £150

  10. HOFMANNSTHAL, Hugo von.

    Die Aegyptische Helena. Oper in zwei Aufzügen.

    [Leipzig, Mainzer Presse for Insel-Verlag,...

    First edition of Hofmannsthal’s text...

    £750

  11. MAJER, Andrea. 

    Discorso sulla origine, progressi, e stato...

    Padua, ‘dalla Tipografia e Fonderia...

    First edition of Majer’s treatise...

    £185

  12. MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY, Felix.

    Symphonie No. 3, componirt und Ihrer Majestät...

    Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel, [1843].

    First edition of Mendelssohn’s ‘Scottish’...

    £1500

  13. MILHAUD, Darius.

    Le boeuf sur le toit, ou The nothing doing...

    Paris, Editions de la Sirène, 1920.

    First edition of Milhaud’s Le boeuf...

    £2400

  14. MOORE, George.

    Manuscript commonplace book of poems, songs,...

    1805-1855.

    An appealing commonplace book of verses...

    £550

  15. RAMEAU, Jean-Philippe.

    Zoroastre, tragedie, mise en musique par...

    Paris, Boivin, Leclair, Castagneri and...

    First edition; rare. Despite a strong cast...

    £5000

  16. RIDOLFI, Luca Antonio. 

    Aretefila, dialogo, nel quale da una parte...

    Lyons, Guillaume Rouillé, 1562. 

    Annotated copy, once owned by a music...

    £2800

  17. SACCHI, Giovenale.

    Del numero e delle misure delle corde musiche...

    Milan, [Giuseppe Mazzucchelli (colophon)],...

    First edition of Sacchi’s first work:...

    £2250

  18. SCHUBERT, Franz, composer.

    A fine contemporary volume of ten works...

    Vienna, 1821-1833

    A rare collection of Schubert Lieder in...

    £7500

  19. SPRÜNGLI, Johann Jacob, editor. 

    Männergesänge von Freunden der Tonkunst...

    Zürich, gedruckt bei J. J. Ulrich, im...

    First edition, the partbook issue.  The...

    £950

  20. VERHEYEN, Pierre Emmanuel.

    Requiem mass in C minor.

    [Flanders, c. 1810.]

    A very grand unpublished Requiem mass by...

    £8000