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Berlioz, Hector (1803-1869)

Grand Traité d'Instrumentation et d'Orchestration Modernes. Op. 10. Nouvelle Edition.

Henry Lemoine: Paris, [after 1860]. Pl.n: S. 996. Early edition. Lithographed. Large quarto. 312 pp. Quarter-bound red leather with contemporary marbled boards and end papers. Spine with repair; small tear and scuffs to leather on front board; board edges a bit worn. Bookplate of former owner on inside front cover. Title page with signature of former owner and publisher's stamp (neither affecting). Tape repair at inner margins of pp. 5, 303. Manuscript table of contents in a contemporary hand on lined sheet laid down to back end paper. The treatise itself is uncommonly clean and crisp, with only very minor and occasional foxing.
Hopkinson lists an engraved edition of c. 1860 by Henry Lemoine as a "variant" of this treatise's second edition, which was originally published by Schonenberger in 1855. Both the Lemoine and Schonenberger second editions share the same plate number (S. 996), pagination, and title page text. This particular copy seems to be a slightly later lithographed issue of Lemoine's 1860 second edition "variant."
Berlioz's landmark treatise was first published in 1844. The second edition of 1855 included a new chapter on conducting and is therefore considered the more desirable of the two.
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