This is a fine collection of five musical and comedy works bound in one volume, which bears the coat of arms of Maximilian III Joseph (1727-1777). Maximilian III Joseph was Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire and Duke of Bavaria from 1745 to 1777. This volume was bound for him personally; he was a strong supporter of the arts.
Included in the text are: "Les Moissonneurs Comédie" with music of M. Duni. Paris: Duchesne, 1768, (lacking the plates), cited in the reference work of Cohen-de-Ricci 374.
"Colas toujours Colas", a comedy in three acts with dance and music. Performed by the Comediens Francois from the court of the new theater of S.A.E. de Saxe, in Dresden in 1766. (Dresden: G.C. Walther, 1766). There is an engraved frontispiece and 3 etched vignettes.
"L'Isle Sonnante", an "Opera-Comique" with the music de M*** [Monsigny]. (Paris: C. Herissant, 1768; SEDAINE, Michel-Jean).
"La musique de M. Philidor" (Paris: C. Herissant, 1761), with engraved frontispiece, and engraved music. This is a prompt copy, with manuscript notations and manuscript notes in the margins. The music is by Francois A.D. Philidor.
"Les Femmes et le Secret", a comedy in one act with ariettes. (Paris: Chailleau, 1768 with engraved music; QUÉTANT, Francois-Antoine).
The binding is of mottled calf with the central coat-of-arms of Maximilian III Joseph Elector of Bavaria. The cover boards have gilt double-filet borders. The spine is flat and is elaborately gilt tooled. The title plates are of black Morocco heavily gilt tooled. The pages are gilt edged and the end papers are marbled. The binding is in-8: 7 1/2" x 5". It remains in sound condition, with light wear in accordance with age.
In addition to the provenance of Maximilian III Joseph (1727-1777) Elector of Bavaria (binding), there is also an ex-libris of Hans Fürstenberg ("Jean Furstenberg" bookplate and pencil note CF 251).
It is a fine eighteenth century binding with a very interesting Sammelband (a book comprising a number of separately printed works that are subsequently bound together) of popular Rococo music from the library of Maximilian III Joseph.
Item ID: LC139
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