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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. BLANCHET, Joseph.

    L’art, ou les principes philosophiques...

    Paris, Augustin-Martin Lottin, Michel...

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

    £750

  2. BURNEY, Charles.

    An Account of the musical Performances...

    London, Printed for the Benefit of the...

    First edition. The Handel Commemoration...

    £1250

  3. 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

  4. CLARI, Giovanni Carlo Maria.

    Contemporary manuscript score of a collection...

    Italy, mid-18th century.

    A collection of secular madrigals for two...

    £1800

  5. [GLUCK, Christoph Willibald.]

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

    Vienna, Johann Thomas von Trattner, 1770.

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

    £5000

  6. GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von, and Carl Friedrich ZELTER.

    Briefwechsel zwischen Goethe und Zelter...

    Berlin, Duncker & Humblot, 1833-34.

    First edition, printed on a superior paper...

    £1800

  7. [GOETHE.] REICHARDT, Johann Friedrich.

    Goethe’s Lieder, Oden, Balladen und Romanzen...

    Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel, [1809-11].

    Very rare first complete edition of Reichardt’s...

    £6500

  8. GOUNOD, Charles François.

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

    A specially bound volume containing ten...

    £2000

  9. GRASSINEAU, James.

    A Musical Dictionary; being a Collection...

    … London: Printed for J. Wilcox … 1740.

    First edition, based largely on the Dictionnaire...

    £650

  10. [GRIEG, Edvard.] FINCK, Henry Theophilus.

    Edvard Grieg.

    London, John Lane, The Bodley Head, [1905].

    First edition of Finck’s biography of...

    £1000

  11. GROSSI, G. B. Gennaro.

    Le Belle Arti.

    Naples, dalla tipografia del Giornale...

    First edition in book form, reprinted from...

    £150

  12. HOFMANNSTHAL, Hugo von.

    Die Aegyptische Helena. Oper in zwei Aufzügen.

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

    First edition of Hofmannsthal’s text...

    £750

  13. [KELLNER, David].

    Trogen Underrättelse uti General-Basen …...

    Stockholm, widow of Benjamin Gottlieb...

    First edition in Swedish – the first...

    £1200

  14. MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY, Felix.

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

    Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel, [1843].

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

    £1500

  15. RAMEAU, Jean-Philippe.

    Zoroastre, tragedie, mise en musique par...

    Paris, Boivin, Leclair, Castagneri and...

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

    £6000

  16. RAMEAU, Jean-Philippe.

    Nouvelles réflexions de M. Rameau sur...

    Paris, Durand and Pissot, 1752.

    First edition; rare. ‘This short treatise,...

    £2500

  17. RAVENSCROFT, Thomas.

    A Briefe Discourse of the true (but neglected)...

    London, Printed by Edw: Allde for Tho....

    First edition of a scarce and unusual work...

    £16000

  18. SACCHI, Giovenale.

    Del numero e delle misure delle corde musiche...

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

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

    £2250

  19. SCHUBERT, Franz, composer.

    A fine contemporary volume of ten works...

    Vienna, 1821-1833

    A rare collection of Schubert Lieder in...

    £7500