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    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 268

    BURNEY, Charles (1726-1814). The Present State of Music in France and Italy; or, The Journal of a Tour through those Countries, undertaken to collect Materials for A General History of Music. London: T. Beckett & Co, 1771.

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    BURNEY, Charles (1726-1814). The Present State of Music in France and Italy; or, The Journal of a Tour through those Countries, undertaken to collect Materials for A General History of Music. London: T. Beckett & Co, 1771.

    8o (198 x 126 mm). (One or two pale stains.) Contemporary calf, spine in six compartments, gilt-lettered morocco label in one (rebacked in the 19th century, scuffed at the extremities). Provenance: Stephen Clarke (presentation inscription from the author); William Clarke (by descent); and given to George Graham (inscription).

    FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY BURNEY on the recto of the first blank: "To Mr. Clarke from the Author". Mr. Clarke is identified in a later penciled note by George Graham (1789-1867) beneath the inscription: "This copy of Burney's work was given to me by the late Mr. William Clarke, Organist of the Episcopal Chapel, Cowgate Edinh. From the above autograph of Dr. Burney it seems to have been presented to Wm. Clarke's father, Stephen Clarke also organist in Edinh. -- an Englishman. Stephen Clarke was one of Robert Burns intimate friends; & William Clarke showed me some letters, & poems of Burns that never were published which had been left to him among his father's property what became of them since William Clarke's death, I know not. Geo. Graham." A further and later inscription transcribes Graham's original on the verso of the opposite blank. Some contemporary textual corrections in ink (p. 10 and p. 228) by Burney (?), and further annotated in the margin in pencil by Graham (p. 222).

    Having spent much of his early career as a fellow church organist, Burney undertook a tour of France and Italy in 1770 to collect material for what later became his A General History of Music (4 volumes, 1776-89) but which was initially published separately as this volume and a further one covering Germany and the Netherlands in 1773. Stephen Clarke, James Johnson and Robert Burns worked together on The Scots Musical Museum (6 volumes, 1787-1803) and copies of some Burns letters to Clarke are recorded. George Graham, composer and writer of articles on music, was notably joint secretary with George Hogarth (1783-1870) of the first Edinburgh Music Festival in 1815.


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