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Five volumes, complete, including an index and appendix Quarto Profusely illustrated with full page plates, full page music notations and in text illustrations early 20th century three quarter brown morocco over brown cloth, spines with raised bands and lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers Sir John Hawkins (1719 – 1789) was an English author and friend of Dr. Samuel Johnson and Horace Walpole. He was part of Johnson's various clubs but later left The Literary Club after a disagreement with some of Johnson's other friends. His friendship with Johnson continued and he was made one of the executors of Johnson's will. He married the heiress Sidney Storer and was the father of the novelist Laetitia Hawkins. During his life, he wrote many works, including A General History of the Science and Practice of Music and his Life of Samuel Johnson in memory of his friend. He was appointed as a magistrate and later became Chairman of the Quarter Session for Middlesex. He was knighted in 1772 for his services. It took Hawkins 16 years to write A General History of the Science and Practice of Music which was published in 1776. Although this publication was somewhat respected, it soon was overshadowed, with the help of the likes such as Dr Callcott who composed a mockery song against Hawkins, by Charles Burney's General History of Music (1776–89). However, in years to come Hawkins's music history was considered to be superior to Burney's music history (compare the 1875 edition of Hawkins's work). Particularly, Burney's discourse on Handel and Bach was viewed as being inadequate. - wikipedia Spines a little faded, a few leaves with very slight browning, else fine With a handwritten slip from Queen Square, Westminster, dated 29th Feb. 1766, to Mr. Nicholls, thanking him for “his curious appendix to Mr. Mores’s dissertation” and “takes this opportunity of assuring him that the name Fortier page 98 is right and not mistaken for Fournier”

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