[ Alfred Stone and Fred Morgan, et al] THE BRISTOL TUNE-BOOK A Manual of Chants and Tunes (including the 1881 Suppliment)
Bristol / London Novello, Ewer and Co, London and W. and F. Morgan, Bristol, England 1881 Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket
Musical Notation; Full calf leather binding with gilt lettering to the spine and all edges gilt (AEG). (apparently this is the Superior Binding edition). This book is in Very Good- condition overall. The spine joints, spine ends and edges of the book covers have rubbing and wear. There is a two inch-long tear / separation to the front spine joint where the leather has cracked. The text pages are generally clean and bright, though several of the leaves have come loose. There is foxing to the free endpages, and to some of the text pages. There are several pages with edge tears. All edges of the text block are gilt (AEG). There is a small section of approximately 10 pages towards the rear of the book with edge tears to the foredges of the pages which have been carefully repaired by a former owner using rice paper. This book contains musical notations for hymns and chants of all styles -- only a relatively small portion of the hyms / chants have words included. "The compilers of the Bristol Tune Book originally contemplated the convenience of congregations with which they are connected, by supplying, in a single volume, a complete selection of the best Tunes and Chants; hence it's local appellation. Their object was, to produce a work sufficiently comprehensive, varied as to style, correct in harmony, and systematically arranged for practical use; which, while containing many compositions of such beauty as to repay the attention of practiced choirs, should not be beyond the attainment of most congregations."