Lot 184
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Rameau, Jean Philippe

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  • Rameau, Jean Philippe
  • Traité de l'harmonie, reduite à ses principes naturels, divisé en quatre livres, Paris: Jean-Baptiste Christophe Ballard, 1722,
  • Paper
first edition, [8], xxiv, 432 & [18 ("Supplément")], 4to (c.24 x 20cms), type-set music examples and woodcut ornaments, catalogue at end, annotations and emendations throughout in a contemporary hand, contemporary calf, spine gilt in compartments with red-gilt lettering piece, binding worn with loss to joints, occasional browning and damp staining, wormholes  [Hirsch, i 484; RISM, p.685; Gregory and Bartlett, p. 224]

Catalogue Note

Rameau's Traité is the most important work on music theory of the eighteenth century, introducing modern concepts of chords and their inversions, previously understood only as separate intervals.  In our opinion, the eighteenth-century annotations in this copy were added by an early owner, rather than the composer himself, incoporating the notes in the "Supplément" at the end of the volume.   For example, the annotation on page 64 refers to page 3 of the "Supplément", which is bound (as usual) at the end.