3 December 2003
LOULIE, Etienne (c.1655-c.1707). Elements ou principes de musique. Paris: Christophe Ballard, 1696.
8° (182 x 124mm). Folding engraved plate of a chronometer tipped to f.1v, printed music. (Lightly stained and browned, neat slit in title, corners a little worn). Modern boards. Provenance: Neustrelitz ducal library (stamp on title verso).
FIRST EDITION, illustrating Loulié's invention of a 'chronometre', used to fix tempo, which was approved by the Académie des Sciences in 1701. 'His discussions of tempo, metre, transposition, ornamentation, key and temperament are particuarly important for the development of French theory' (Grove 11, 256). Eitner VI, 230; RISM B VI/1, 518.
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