Very Good. No Jacket. S4" From the Earlest Ages to the Present Period (1789)" "Volume the First With Critical and Historical Notes by Frank Mercer" small thumb size spot on top edges pages and covers tight and clean small dust spots on top edges.
Very Good- in Good jacket. THIS ITEM IS LARGE/HEAVY AND MAY REQUIRE EXTRA SHIPPING FOR INTERNATIONAL OR EXPEDITED DELIVERY Two volumes. Used hardcovers in dust jacket. Shelfwear to boards; dust jackets are slightly worn, with shallow chipping at the corners, the spine, and along the edges. Binding and pages remain solid, with no marks to text.
Useful book, if it is the Dover reprint, then volume I goes to 1549 or the invention of printing for music, then Dover volume 2 goes up to 1789, when Burney published. If is Burney's original 1789 edition, it is in 4 volumes.
817 pages in vol I and 1024 in vol II, thousands of printed music score. Burney gives examples of original text he quotes, when the translation is not exact. From, 350AD on it is mostly Church music with some later secular music. Burney was comtempory with many of the composers that we consider "classical" and he corresponded with them and visited a few.
Burney is a music critic, music historian and music translator. Many of the early music score are in other music notation than used at the present and have to be translated to something readable. Burney did a fairly good job.
Also, of interest is trying to correctly name early music instruments and match a name with the instrument, Burney deals with this as well.
Thise two volumes are useful the the music historian and to anyone wanting to develope a collection of early music.
But make sure the seller tells you what volumes you are getting.
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