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Id 22109
Category antiquarian book
Author / Composer FORKEL, Johann Nicolaus (1749-1818)
Title Ueber Johann Sebastian Bachs Leben, Kunst und Kunstwerke. Fuer patriotische Verehrer echter musikalischer Kunst von J.N. Forkel. Mit Bachs Bildniss und Kupfertafeln.
Place Leipzig
Publisher bey Hoffmeister und Kuehnel (Bureau de Musique)
Publication Date 1802
ISBN / Plate No.
Size 8vo. x, 69pp., + 3 plates.
Description Original plain boards, front cover detached, backstrip worn away. Excellent internally. The first biography of J.S. Bach and a monument of musicology. This book is the model for all later biographies of great composer as it is the first scholarly biography in music history. Complete copies are extremely rare as many lack the fine frontispiece engraved by Friedrich Wilhelm Nettling after the portrait of Bach by Elias Gottlob Haussmann (1695-1774); the frontispiece is worded 'Sebastian Bach' below the image, in between the words of which is an engraving of a full-length male figure in classical robes (Apollo) playing a lyre, seated on a cloud, with radiant beams encircling his head.
Reference First edition. Hirsch 2137.
Price £2400.00

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