Octavo. contemporary brown calf tooled in blind, spine with five raised bands, compartments decorated and lettered in gilt, all edges stained brown. Illustrated with six fold out plates, chapter heads and tails. With the "Ode on the Power of Musick, Inscrib'd to Mr. Malcolm . by Mr. Mitchell". "I have no secret history to entertain my reader with, or rather to be impertient with, concerning the occasion of my studyig, writing, or publishing any thing upon this subject [music] . if there be a fault, it lies somewhere else; for, to be plain, I have taken allt he pains I could. . Of the original and various significations of the word "Musick," you'll have an account in the beginning of chap.14. ." -from the Introduction. Spine ends and joints worn, else fine. With occasional old notations, pp. 586-607 with considerable marginalia This is actually the Edinburgh 1721 first edition with a new title page and a cancel at b4. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: A Treatise of Musick, Speculative, Practical...
Publisher: Printed for J. Osborn and T. Longman, in Pater-Noster-Row
Publication Date: 1730
Book Description London: Printed for J. Osborn and T. Longman., 1730. 8vo, pp. xxiv, 608, 6 folding engraved plates at end, recently rebound (somewhat clumsily) in quarter navy morocco, morocco label, marbled boards; margins and edges a little browned. Malcolm (1685 - 1763) was born in Edinburgh but emigrated to New York in 1734, and he died in Maryland in 1763. In his early career, he divided his time between teaching mathematics and related subjects, but it was the above book which made his reputation. Malcolm's approach is both philosophical and technical, and John Hawkins described the work as "one of the most valuable treatises on the subject of theoretical and practical music to be found in any of the modern languages." Charles Burney, in compiling The Cyclopaedia; or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature (1802 - 1819) with Abraham Rees, based his definitions of musical terms on those of Malcolm. This is a re-issue of the first edition, published in Edinburgh in 1721, with a cancel title-page and the dedication to the "Directors of the Royal Academy of Music" removed. Bookseller Inventory # 4436