Some British Collectors of Music, C. 1600-1960

Some British Collectors of Music, C. 1600-1960

Some British Collectors of Music, C. 1600-1960

Some British Collectors of Music, C. 1600-1960

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The text of this book consists of the lectures which I delivered at Cambridge during Michaelmas Term 1961 as Sandars Reader in Bibliography. The original typescript has been read by Mr Charles Cudworth, Professor Thurston Dart, Mr O. W. Neighbour, Dr C. B. Oldman, C.B., C.V.O., Mr John Pashby and Miss Pamela Willetts. They have given me many useful additions and corrections which I have incorporated into the version printed here and I am deeply grateful to them.

But even with this improvement and such supplementary information as I have added myself, these pages can only offer an introduction to one aspect of a very large and strangely neglected subject. Although the literature about the history of book-collecting is extensive and of respectable antiquity, very little has ever been written on those who have collected music in any part of the world. Some indication of the possible extent of this topic is to be found in a valuable paper which the Comtesse de Chambure wrote in 1959, 'Les Collections privées de livres et d'instruments de musique d'autrefois et d'aujourd'hui'. Strong evidence of the close link between the collecting of music and the collecting of instruments is also found in the fact that, as sale-catalogues show, many generations of British collectors have regarded the one as an essential complement to the other. This is another neglected subject which would certainly repay investigation.

In the course of the lectures, I said something about the transmission and location of manuscripts and rare or unique printed items. Here, too, is a new wide field for future study, for which there are few sources ready to . . .

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