The collection of printed music, autographs, books on music and iconography formed by the late André Meyer is simply one of the finest of the twentieth century. There are so many highlights that it is difficult and even invidious to make a selection. Every volume one opens contains something of interest, something surprising and often something remarkable.
The library was collected over a period of 75 years, before the collector’s death in 1974. This was an exceptionally rich time to be a collector. Meyer was in a position to acquire material that has never appeared since, or which survives only in a very few copies. He was able to garner material by composers such as Muffat and Rameau, including first editions and autograph material that has been, since then, practically unobtainable.
At M. Meyer’s death, the collection passed to his heirs and was divided. One part went to the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris and some sections appeared at auction. The present selection was retained by another inheritor and is here sold more or less complete. This part of the collection has therefore had little exposure and has been rarely viewed by scholars, collectors and other interested parties.