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MUSARD, Philippe [1793-1859] (of Michau, Musard et Collinet): MS music album containing 31 dance tunes, mostly Quadrilles but with 10 waltzes
on double-page printed sheets with a printed legend at the foot of each page advertising Michau, Musard et Collinet, the notation and dance instructions in MS black ink, the album is c.7" x 9", finely bound, gilt extra, with the words "Quadrilles 1818. C & M Hill" [Hill was the Downshire family name] on the front board in gilt. From the library of the Marquis of Downshire at Hillsbrough Castle (now the N. Ireland Assembly building).* Wills Hill, First Marquis of Downshire (1718-1793) virtually rebuilt Hillsborough to bring it into the Georgian style, that it still has to-day. The Marquess of Downshire was created in 1789 for Wills Hill, 1st Earl of Hillsborough, a former Secretary of State. Hillsborough Castle, which is located in the village of Hillsborough, County Down, is not a true castle but a Georgian mansion built in the 18th century for the Hill family. The Marquesses of Downshire, who owned it until 1922 when the sixth marquis sold the mansion and its grounds to the British government. * Musard was a composer of dance-music; born in Paris, where he took private lessons under Reicha. For some time a violinist and conductor; he came prominently before the public when Dufresne introduced cornet-a-pistons at a series of concerts and bals masques held in the bazar of the Rue St. Honore, on which occasion Musard was conductor and writer of some of the cornet solos. In 1835 and 1836 he conducted the masque balls of the Opera. In 1837 he moved to the new concert hall in the Rue Vivienne, in which situation he had to compete with the great Johann Strauss of Vienna. During this time he conducted the Concert Spirituel at which only the music of Handel was played. In 1840 he went to London as leader of the Promenade concerts at Drury Lane, and in 1841 he conducted another series of Promenade concerts at the Lyceum. Until 1852 he was considered the finest conductor and composer of dance-music in France. He lived near Paris until his death in 1859. His music was well written and often contained many charming and novel effects. He was known as the Quadrille King, and was also famous as a writer of gallops and the inventor of the can-can. Among his writings are Les Cloches Argentines; Les Echos; Vive la Danse; Les Gondoliers Venitiens; over a hundred and fifty quadrilles, some original, some on themes from operas; many waltzes; three quartets and Nouvelle methode de composition musicale, which he dedicated to the noted master and theorist, Anton Reicha. With François Collinet, (fl. 1800-1822) composer and flautist, Musard was the conductor-composer of the Michau, Collinet, and Musard band. They played their own quadrilles at Almack's for the Prince Regent in 1821. They also seem to have performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and played here for Chateaubriand's reception in 1822. Almack's Assembly Rooms, named after the founder William Almack, opened for business on February 13, 1765 in King's Street, St. James, London. There, for a subscription fee of 10 guineas, the fashionable men and women of London could attend a weekly Wednesday night ball with supper during the 3 months that comprised the London social season ('The Season').The members of the committee took it in turns to be the official Patroness of Almack's. In the height of the Regency period the ladies acting as Patroness were Lady Sarah Jersey, Lady Castlereagh, Lady Cowper, Lady Sefton, Princess Esterhazy, and the Countess of Lieven. The Assembly Rooms were opened for gambling, supper, and dancing which lasted all night. (Book ref. 20111)   £800.00
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ZOETE (Beryl De): Dance and Magic Drama in Ceylon,
First Edition, 237pp large octavo, library label on front endpaper otherwise an excellent clean copy in original cloth, with numerous plates and illustrations, with colour fold out frontispiece, London, Faber, 1957. (Book ref. 9070)   £14.00
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VAILLAT (Leandre): Histoire de La Danse,
First Edition, 190pp folio, a good ex-library copy with some stamps and marks in later strong library cloth, with numerous plates and illustrations, light wear, Paris, Plon, 1942. (Book ref. 808)   £20.00
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SHAKESPEARE: BRISSENDEN (Alan): Shakespeare and the Dance,
First Edition, 145pp tall octavo, plates, a few library marks but a very good copy in original cloth, with dust-wrapper, London, Macmillan, 1981. (Book ref. 14452)   £12.00
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ROSLAVLEVA (Natalia): Era of the Russian Ballet 1770-1965,
First Edition, 320pp, library bookplate and a few other marks but title page clean, a very good copy in original cloth, with slightly torn dustwrapper, with numerous plates and illustrations, London, Gollancz, 1966. (Book ref. 9016)   £10.00
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READE (Brian): BALLET DESIGNS AND ILLUSTRATIONS 1581- 1940,
First Edition, 58pp plus 173 plates, large folio, a very good copy in original cloth with dust-wrapper, library stamp verso title, London, HMSO, 1967. Fine catalogue raisonne of the national collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, compiled by the Deputy Keeper of Prints and Drawings. (Book ref. 13818)   £25.00
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PORTER (Evelyn): Music Through the Dance, A Handbook for Teachers and Students, showing how Musical Growth has been Influenced by the Dance through the Ages,
First Edition, 156pp royal octavo, a very good copy in original cloth, with dust-wrapper, library stamp on verso of title, London, Batsford, 1937. (Book ref. 1594)   £10.00
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LEVINSON (Andre): Les Visages de la Danse,
First Edition, 110 photographic illustrations, 275pp royal octavo, a good ex-library copy with a few stamps and marks but a very good copy in contemporary half morocco (spine rubbed but sound), Paris, Grasset, 1933. Wonderfully illustrated survey including not only the classic Russian ballet but with chapters also on popular dancing and music hall. (Book ref. 785)   £32.00
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LAWSON (Joan): European Folk Dance,
its National and Musical Characteristics, reprint, 244pp small folio, illustrations, a few library marks but a very good copy in original cloth, spine with slight wear, London, Pitman, 1962. (Book ref. 14517)   £12.00
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KRAUS (Richard): History of the Dance in Art and Education,
First Edition, 371pp small folio, with numerous plates and illustrations, library labels on front endpapers, a very good copy in original cloth, with dust-wrapper, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, Prentice-Hall, 1969. (Book ref. 5568)   £10.00
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Dolmetsch (Mabel): DANCES OF ENGLAND AND FRANCE from 1450 to 1600,
with Their Music and Authentic Manner of Performance. First Edition, 163 pp small folio, 9 plates, a few library marks but a good clean copy in original cloth, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1949. (Book ref. 15963)   £14.00
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CONTE (Pierre): La Danse & Ses Lois, Expression par Gestes & Locomotion, Les Arts Dynamiques,
First Edition, xvi, 242pp folio, a very good ex-library copy with some stamps and marks in later strong library cloth, Paris, Arts et Mouvement, c.1950. (Book ref. 806)   £15.00
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BEAUMONT (Cyril W.): Ballet Design Past and Present,
First Edition, xxxi, 216pp folio, a good ex-library copy with some stamps and marks in later strong library cloth, with numerous plates and illustrations, light wear, London, Studio, 1946. (Book ref. 991)   £15.00
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AMBERG (George): Art in Modern Ballet,
First Edition, 115pp plus203 plates, royal folio, ex-library copy with a few small stamps and discrete marks but a very good copy in original cloth, title-page clean and unstamped, light wear, spine rubbed but sound, London, Routledge, c.1955. (Book ref. 995)   £12.00
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