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C. Simpson. Chelys...The Division-Viol, Editio Secunda, 1667

Estimate:

2,000

to
- 2,500 GBP

C. Simpson. Chelys...The Division-Viol, Editio Secunda, 1667

C. Simpson. Chelys...The Division-Viol, Editio Secunda, 1667

Estimate:

2,000

to
- 2,500 GBP

Lot sold:

2,016

GBP

Simpson, Christopher


Chelys minuritionum artificio exornata...The Division-Viol, or The Art of Playing Extempore upon a Ground...Editio Secunda, London: W. Godbid for Henry Brome, 1667


6 leaves, 61, [1], 53-67, [1] pages, 4to (30.6 x 18.7cm), engraved portrait by Faithorne after Carwarden laid down, type-set musical examples and engraved music, Latin and English in parallel columns, Dolmetsch Library stamp and pencil shelfmark ("II E 28"), pencil annotations to front free endpaper ("sold at Towneley...Triphook 3 - 3 - 0"), probably early nineteenth-century calf, upper right-hand corner of title supplied in manuscript and title laid down, old repairs to b2 and B2, marginal tear to penultimate leaf repaired with translucent adhesive tape, spine defective, upper cover and first two leaves detached, covers worn


RARE. We have traced no copy at auction of the 1667 second state of the second edition since 1938. The only copy of the first edition of 1659 to have been offered at auction in recent years was sold in these rooms on 1 December 2005 (lot 173).


Christopher Simpson was the most important English writer on music during the Commonwealth. The success of his original edition of 1659, entitled The Division-Violist, provided the impulse for a second edition, with parallel Latin and English texts, in order, as Simpson notes in the dedication, 'to make it useful at Home as well as Abroad'. Its three sections are: 'Of the Viol it self, with Instructions how to Play upon it'; 'Use of the Concords, or a Compendium of Descant'; and 'The Method of ordering Division to a Ground'. For Dolmetsch and others who sought to revive interest in the viol, such a work was regarded as a bible of relevant information on the instrument. 


See lot 123.


LITERATURE:

RISM Écrits, p.786; ESTC R184175


PROVENANCE:

Part II of Towneley Sale, auctioned by R. H. Evans (1815), lot 1517; the bookseller Robert Triphook (1782-1868)




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