HOPKINS, Edward J., & Edward F. Rimbault.
The Organ, Its History and Construction.
A Comprehensive Treatise on the Structure and Capabilities of the Organ, with Specifications and Suggestive Details for Instruments of All Sizes, Intended as a Handbook for the Organist and the Amateur. Preceded by an Entirely New History of the Organ, Memoirs of the Most Eminent Builders of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, and Other Matters of Research in Connection with the Subject.
First edition, first impression of an important practical work on organs. The author Edward Hopkins (1818–1901) was the organist at Temple Church, London for fifty-five years, a composer, and member of numerous musical societies. He was recognized for his scholarly interest in the history of music and his expertise on organ construction, and this book became a standard in the field that is still in print today.
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Large octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine and angel design to cover gilt, paneling and floral decoration to boards blind stamped. Folding schematic frontispiece and diagrams throughout. Bookplate and contemporary gift inscription. Binding lightly rubbed and marked, contents partially unopened, spotting to frontispiece, title page, and advertising leaves, front hinge a little cracked. A very good copy.