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Bach, Johann Sebastian
48 PRÉLUDES ET FUGUES DANS TOUS LES TONS, TANT MAJEURS, QUE MINEURS. POUR LE CLAVECIN OU PIANO FORTÉ, [BOOKS 1 AND 2], PARIS AND BONN: SIMROCK, [1801-1802] 
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 10,625 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
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Bach, Johann Sebastian
48 PRÉLUDES ET FUGUES DANS TOUS LES TONS, TANT MAJEURS, QUE MINEURS. POUR LE CLAVECIN OU PIANO FORTÉ, [BOOKS 1 AND 2], PARIS AND BONN: SIMROCK, [1801-1802] 
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 10,625 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Bach, Johann Sebastian
48 PRÉLUDES ET FUGUES DANS TOUS LES TONS, TANT MAJEURS, QUE MINEURS. POUR LE CLAVECIN OU PIANO FORTÉ, [BOOKS 1 AND 2], PARIS AND BONN: SIMROCK, [1801-1802] 
FIRST SIMROCK EDITION OF "DAS WOHLTEMPERIRTE CLAVIER", 2 volumes in one, oblong 4to (23.5 x 31.5cm), 97 & 83 pages, engraved throughout ("Écrit par Sampier"), titles unpriced and unnumbered, each followed by blank openings, plate numbers 138 & 166, early nineteenth-century cloth boards, manuscript labels to cover and spine, some light browning, to corners and edges rubbed, pp.95-97 loose in Book 2 
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Literature

RISM B 497 & B 498; Hirsch, iii 57; cf Hoboken 94 & 97; Fuld pp.117-118; BWV 846-893.

Catalogue Note

RARE. We have no record of offering Bach's complete "48" in Simrock's first edition; even few libraries contain both volumes.  This celebrated work contains many of Bach's best-loved keyboard pieces, including the Prelude in C major BWV 846.  Simrock published Book 1 first in 1801 and the second the following year: here both Books bear the same title page, originally issued for Book 2, and are numbered by hand, albeit incorrectly (Book 2 is bound before Book 1). Two other editions of the "48" were published almost contemporaneously in Zurich and Vienna, but Simrock's edition is considered to be the first. It contains an extra bar (bar 23) in the C major prelude. Plate numbers were not engraved on the titles, page 7 of Book 1 or pages 14 & 60 of Book 2.

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