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BICKNELL, John (1740--1787)
Musical travels through England. By the late Joel Collier, licentiate in music. A new edition.
London: printed for G. Kearsley, 1785.
xiv, [2], 126; 32 p. ; 15.4 cm. (8º)

First published in 1774; the 'Appendix' was first issued with the third edition of 1775 and was also available separately with an undated title-page. 'Joel Collier' was the pseudonym of the barrister John Bicknell, not to be confused with his son John Laurens Bicknell F.R.S. (1786--1832), who was Soane's solicitor. The present work, also variously attributed to Thomas Day, Alexander Bicknell, Peter Beckford and George Veal, is a satire on Charles Burney's The present state of music in France and Italy, 1771, and The present state of music in the Netherlands, and the United Provinces, 1773. In some copies a blank leaf R4, not present in the Soane copy and not recorded in the above collation, follows p. 126. ESTC t112420.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink by Soane on first free-endpaper 0/8/0 Lumley. Purchased from Edward Lumley, 27 May 1829 for 3s. 6d. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.6.26). Inscribed in pencil on first free-endpaper: 3/- scarce. Inscribed in pencil on next leaf in an unidentified hand: The Writer of this Work / was written by a Mr Bicknell / Barrist[er?] / whose Widow became super / =[inten?]dant to Dr. C. Burney / at Greenwich / and continues at his son's / school [?]-; with the name J. Major in another (earlier?) hand, partially rubbed out. Inscribed in ink on half-title J. Major. A marginal note in pencil on p. 8 against the words 'Dilettante Lord' = Lord Sandwich. Without the blank leaf R4.

Binding C18th tree calf, spine with gilt-tooled musical emblems, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 662


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