Hamilton’s Catechism on the Art of Writing for an Orchestra and on Playing from a Score.

  • Hamilton, James Alexander
  • London: Published by R. Cocks and Co. 1835


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FIRST EDITION, 12mo, pp. viii, 64, 40, 6 [ads]. Original patterned brown cloth, printed paper label to front board, edges sprinkled red. Some scattered toning. Boards stained, worn to extremities, particularly foot of spine, stitching strained in places, label soiled. Contemporary ownership inscription of E. Stich and pencil inscription dated 6-1-83 to pastedown, modern bookplate to flyleaf.


Not a lovely copy, but the first edition in its original binding of this primer for composers, that was revised and expanded several times throughout the nineteenth century, reaching a 17th printing and third edition by 1842. Library Hub records 4 copies of this first, with some of them having a larger catalogue of ads to the rear, although this example is complete as issued.

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