T. Mace. Musick's Monument; or, a Remembrancer of the Best Practical Musick, 1676

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Mace, Thomas

Musick's Monument; or, a Remembrancer of the Best Practical Musick, London: Thomas Ratcliffe & Nathaniel Thompson, for the Author (to be sold by Himself, at His House in Cambridge), 1676

FIRST EDITION, [20] & 272 pages, folio (c.31 x 19cm), engraved frontispiece portrait by Faithorne after Cooke, epistles, preface, list of subscribers and advertisement, four engraved plates (three full-page: a "Lute Dyphone", a Musick-Roome, and a Table Organ), around 70 pages of woodcut music (pp.136-185 mainly lute tablature, pp.252-264 viol tablature), some type-set music, a few pencil annotations (the manuscript index on the flyleaf in Arnold Dolmetsch's hand), Dolmetsch Library stamp and pencil shelfmark ("II E 3"), contemporary calf, rebacked, frontispiece illustration carefully laid down, small paper flaw to upper margin of pp.47/48, covers scored in places, with some loss of leather

This is one of the most famous music books of the English Restoration, containing a complete treatise on the lute, and including eight lute suites. One engraving compares the English and French lutes, joined together: "The Lute Dyphone or Two Lutes in One. The English & ye French Lute Joy-ned are. Both of wch have made a Lute beyond Compare". Mace explains that "you see the very Instrument It Self...but Lately Invented, by My Self, and made with My own Hands, in the Year 1672". 


ESTC R 21066; Gregory & Bartlett, i, 160; RISM Écrits, p.523