An Essay on the Opera, 1768
1768. No inscriptions. English translation of the book originally written in Italian, [Algarotti 1712-1764], this is the Second UK Edition published in Glasgow the year after the first English edition was published in London. A rare book found only in a handful of libraries around the world and even fewer private collections. Dedicated to William Pitt. Musical Composition; Of the Recitative, and Singing; Of the Dances; Of the Scenery; Of the Structure of the Theatres and more. Quarter black leather & tan binding. Contents near fine/strong, clean & tight internally; not foxed; with wear/rubbing to spine/boards/corners, & a small indentation to front board which is size of pen head. Gilt titles & ruled bands to spine. Algarotti is considered the preeminent critic of early Opera. 182pp.
A VERY SCARCE BOOK. .
Author: Algarotti, Count Francesco
Published: 1768 R. Urie, Glasgow Edinburgh
Edition: Second edition
Book Condition: Very Good