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CANTUS, SONGS AND FANCIES ...
Cantus, songs and fancies, to severall musicall parts. Both apt for voices and viols. With a brief introduction to musick, as is taught in the musick-school of Aberdeen. The third edition, exactly corrected and enlarged. Together also, with severall of the choisest Italian=songs, and new English-ayres, all in three parts, (viz.) two treebles and a bass. Most pleasant and delightfull for all humours.
Aberdeen printed by Iohn Forbes, printer to the ancient city of Bon-Accord, Anno Dom. 1682.
[116] p. : add. wdcut t.-p., coats of arms, music ; 14.0 x 19.0 cm. (obl. 4º)

Epistle dedicatory signed: Iohn Forbes. A reissue of Cantus, songs and fancies ... third edition (Wing D383; ESTC r213598) with a letterpress title page (pi2) with the title and imprint as above, and woodcut royal arms on the verso. This title-page is in the setting with the form 'Eng-/lish'; there is another setting with the form 'Eng=/lish'. Additional title-page within decorative woodcut frame (pi1) reads: Cantus, songs and fancies, to three, four, or five parts, both apt for voices and viols. ... The third edition, much enlarged and corrected. Printed in Aberdeen. By Iohn Forbes, and are to be sold at his Printing House above the Meal-Market at the Sign of the Tovvns-Armes. 1682. This title-page has the Bon Accord Society coat of arms printed on the verso. In the editions of 1662 and 1666 the Brief introduction to musick is given as by Thomas Davidson but is in fact plagiarized from Thomas Morley, A plaine and easie introduction to practicall musicke. The songs are mostly anonymous but some are ascribed to Gastoldi, Henry Lawes, and others. The melodies and words of 55 songs are followed by a further six Italian and seven English songs with a half-title (L3) reading 'Severall of the Choisest Italian Songs Composed By Giovanni Giacomo Castoldi da Carravaggio. Together also, with some of the Best new English=Ayres. Collected from their chiefest Authors, All in Three Parts, ...'. No more parts issued. Wing D383; ESTC r213598.

Copy Notes Inscriptions in ink on page [10] with calligraphic initials AB / Robert / Lord / Bishop / of Lincoln; on p. [11] May 7th. 709; in a different, earlier(?) hand on p. 15 Lord blesse the Episcopal government.

Binding Early 19th century navy-blue straight-grain morocco, gilt quadruple-fillet border on front and back covers with gilt ornaments at four corners comprising lyre flanked by thistles, alluding to music and Scotland, gilt-tooled spine with thistles, acorns and oak-leaves, gilt-lettered 'Forbes's Cantus. 1682', gilt edges. The covers are identical in style to those of a copy of James Thomson, The seasons, 1802 in the British Library (shelfmark Davis259) with the binder's stamp of C. Smith.

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