London: John Welcker, n.d. [c.1778]. Reissue. Octavos, 3 volumes; VG; bound in contemporary calf, rebacked with spine preserved, gilt tooling and two labels per volume; mild wear and rubbing to boards, spines; speckled text blocks;
A total of approximately 600 pieces of music included herein, the vast majority being one page long, each illustrated with an engraved headpiece.
shelved case 10.
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"The 4th volume, which is extremely rare, ends abruptly at p. 112 and is probably often thrown aside as imperfect." [Catalogue of English Song Books Forming a Portion of the Library of Sir John Stainer]; The 4 volume version presumed published c. 1778, Originally printed in two and then three volumes by H. Roberts, this is a later Welcker edition, being a reissue of the 1758-1762 editions of volumes 1-3 with a fourth volume added.; Originally issued in parts of 8 pages each, with the general title page, index, and frontispiece supplied with the final part of each volume.;
Published by both Henry Roberts and John Welcker over multiple editions and years, beginning in 1739 as "Calliope, or English Harmony"
Including music by H. Purcell, T. Arne, M. Arne, De Fesch, Handel, Granom, Greene, J. Oswald, M. Heighington, M. Hawdon, J. Baildon, Burney, J. Wynne, S. Long, Boyce, R. Hudson. Including words by M. Prior, Shakespeare, Dryden.
Mostly for high voice and continuo (partially figured bass).
This edition not in ESTC, COPAC shows University of Oxford and Royal College of Music,