The musical instruments of classical antiquity, illustrated

Bianchini, Francesco. De tribus generibus instrumentorum musicae veterum organicae dissertatio.

Rome, ex Typographia Bernabò & Lazzarini, 1742.

4to. XI, (1), 58 pp. With an engraved title vignette, 5 initials, 5 head- and tailpieces, and 8 engraved plates. Modern full calf with giltstamped red spine label.


First edition of this famous treatise on the musical instruments of classical antiquity, posthumously published. The engraved plates show a total of 59 instruments, including 24 different wind instruments. Bianchini (Blanchinus, 1662-1729) served in high offices under Popes Clement XI and Innocent XIII.

Very wide-margined, untrimmed copy in excellent state of preservation, showing only a little staining to the title page; one leaf with marginal repair and some 5 lleaves browned in the upper margin.


RISM (écrits impr.) p. 148. Eitner II, 32. Hirsch I, 71. Wolffheim I, 1126. Fétis I, 406.

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