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A History of Arabian Music to the XIIIth Century.
FARMER, Henry George.
A History of Arabian Music to the XIIIth Century.

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[with two offprints of articles by Farmer in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society:] Music, The Priceless Jewel (1941); The Music of the Arabian Nights (1945).

Published: London Luzac & Co., 1929

Stock Code: 115062


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First edition, first impression of this pioneering study of Arab music from the pre-Islamic period until the extinction of the ‘Abbasid caliphate in 1258, uncommon in the dust jacket, this copy accompanied by two interesting offprints, and with a nice association, containing the ownership inscription of American Arabist Robert Brenton Betts, author of The Druze (1991) and other works, to the front pastedown (dated Cairo 1987), and also to the inside wrapper of one of the offprints, Music, The Priceless Jewel (dated 31 January 1994). Farmer (1882-1965) played in the Royal Artillery orchestra until 1911 and became an authority on military music before enrolling at the University of Glasgow in 1918, completing a PhD which formed the basis for the present work. For each era Farmer describes the "general musical life of the period, together with details of the theory and practice of music" (Preface), and provides biographies of contemporary musicians and writers on music; the chapter on the pre-Islamic era notably discusses the music of Himyar and of the Nabataean and Palmyrene Arabs. Farmer was the only British representative at the inaugural Congress of Arabian Music in Egypt in 1932, and "for almost half a century defined and dominated this field of research and took full advantage of the known sources" (Shiloah, Music in the World of Islam, p. xiv).
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Octavo. Original red cloth, gilt-lettered spine. With the dust jacket.


Frontispiece from a manuscript of Farabis Kitab al-Musiqi, 2 similar plates.


With the errata slip. Corners very lightly bumped, light toning, but an excellent copy in the dust jacket with a sunned, chipped and damp-stained spine panel and a few other shallow nicks or chips. Offprints: octavo, wire-stitched in original printed wrappers, both with the recent bookseller's ticket of May and May, Shaftesbury, to the inside wrapper; Music, The Priceless Jewel with wrappers slightly separating at foot, faint soiling to front, and mild crease to upper outer corners, still both very good copies.

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