London, South Kensington
20 January 2010
Universal Harmony or, The Gentleman and Ladie's Social Companion: consisting of a great variety of the best and most favourite English and Scots Songs, Cantatas &c. London: J. Newbery, 1746. Small 2° (243 x 193mm), engraved throughout, most leaves with pictorial head-piece. (Occasional light soiling, index leaf torn with loss in the margins and dampstained, occasional light wear in the margins.) Contemporary sheep (worn and scuffed, free endpapers nearly detached).
AN ALL-ENGRAVED WORK, with contributions by Purcell, Handell and many others, most songs with a head-piece 'expressive of the sense of each particular song'. Rare. No copy recorded at auction since 1993.
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Please note that plate 120 has a 14cm. clean tear from the bottom margin into the middle of the plate. Other copies have been sold at auction after 1993.
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