ARNE (THOMAS) The Masque of Alfred. Compos'd by Mr: Arne
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MUSIC ARNE (THOMAS) The Masque of Alfred. Compos'd by Mr: Arne
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MUSIC
ARNE (THOMAS) The Masque of Alfred. Compos'd by Mr: Arne, full score, issue with continuous pagination (1-86), engraved throughout, comprising title, table of songs and 84 pages of music (including 'Rule Britannia' on pages 84-86), first leaf repaired with tape on blank verso, lacking one leaf (pages 13-14), nineteenth century half calf, worn at corners [RISM A 1578; Smith and Humphries 67], 4to, J. Walsh, [c.1757]

Footnotes

  • Includes an early (second or third) printing of Rule Britannia. The masque was written and first performed in 1740, and although Rule Britannia had been published as part of The Judgement of Paris in about 1745, this and the other Walsh edition of Alfred consitute its first appearance in the work for which it was intended.

    Provenance: Jane Shepherd, early ownership signature on title; from the "splendid musical library" (Grove) of W.H. Cummings (1831-1915, musician, tenor and scholar), bookplate and pencil markings; Bernard Herrmann, signature on Cummings' bookplate.
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