Nägeli, Hans Georg (1773-1836)
Lieder von Johann Jackob Hess, in Musik gesetzt von Hans Georg Nägeli. H. G. Nägeli: Zürich, 1814. first edition. Engraved. Small octavo. vii + 28 pp. Title page portrait engraving of Hess. With subscriber list and forward by Nägeli at front. Blue wrappers, likely original. Title page with light foxing. Tape repair to inner margin of p. vi (not affecting). Two small worm holes near bottom of pp. 19-28. Overall a clean and crisp copy in very good condition.
Hans Georg Nägeli was a composer and writer on music. His musical lending library was the first of its kind in Switzerland and figured among the earliest collections to provide access to Bach's lesser-known works. His musical correspondence included exchanges with major figures of his time, including Beethoven, Schubert, Weber, and Spohr.
This edition is especially interesting for its frequent and unusual notation of crescendi above the staves (see images).