Lot 789

ENGRAMELLE, Marie-Dominique-Joseph La tonotechnie ou L'art de noter les cylindres, and all that is susceptible of notation in mechanical concert instruments. New work [...]. Paris P.M. Delaguette 1775 In-8° : [8]-xxvii-[1]-236-[4] pp.; 5 h.-t. (front. missing). Calfskin speckled from the spine (corners and leg. plates rubbed), spine gilt with 5 nerves (bits rubbed, head and tail leg. defect.), red slices, marbled paper endpapers. Extremely rare first edition of this work by the Augustinian father Engramelle (1727-1805), concerning the way to "note" various mechanical musical instruments (serinettes, chimes, portable organs, automata, clocks...). Ill. of an allegorical banner with the dedication to Bignon and of 5 fold-out plates (I-V) of which 3 of music; all the ill. are engraved by the author. The pp. 43-50 are folding. ref. Conlon 75:1028 (= NUC). - BnF. - COPAC.