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Original 18th Century Sheet Music Book Folio, pre-Victorian era. Book M10. 1796.

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We have recently acquired a collection of books of vintage sheet music. Whilst most of these don't have printed dates, there are annotations in various of the books, which all seem contemporaneous with each other. One book carries the publication date of 1809. Handwritten dates are listed on occasion to the 1830s, most likely placing the publication of the books to the times of George III (reigned 1760-1820), George IV (reigned 1820-1830), and King William IV in the UK (reigned 1830-1837); pre-Victorian era.


This folio contains the earliest handwritten date we have noticed which is 1796. Acquired in Scotland. Please see individual listings for full details.

A large outer folio containing more than 30 gatherings of sheet music. This folio belonged to Isabella Mary Abbs; her signature is present in various places, as well as frequent use of her handwritten monogram IMA throughout the folio.

Contains 11 gatherings of music for particular instruments, each bound in thick paper wrap with fabric ties. Most wraps are worn at extremities with titles written by Isabella Mary Abbs (handwriting matches her signature). Instrumental parts include Flauto, Viola, Corno, Bassoon, Oboe, Trombetta, Trombone, Triangle, Tamburino and Clarinetta (sic).

These parts relate to various pieces of music including Kozeluch's Opus 48, Steibelt's Concerto, Cramer's Concerto, Dussek's Concerto, Opus 17, Viotti's Concerto, and Cramer's opus 23.

In addition there are 2 large tied gatherings of many other pieces of music including Andante, Clementi, Steibelt, Kozeluch, Duzzek and others.

Printed/Published in London.

A fair copy - the outer folio cover is heavily worn. Marbled paper over boards. no spine. Holes for ties. Red fabric ties. Most gatherings of the sheet music are in good condition.

A scarce music collection from pre-1800. A substantial set.


Approximately 375mm high x 270mm wide x 75mm deep.

Weight approximately 3.01kg unpacked.