This is an exact facsimile of the first edition published in 1737. The engravings are by George Bickham who died in 1758. Each page is printed on one side only and has an engraving at the top. The music appears below the illustration, set for voice and figured bass with a separate part for flute. Named composers include Handel, Lampe, Gladwin, Green, Turner, Carey, Putti, Monro, Popely, Corelli, Holcombe, Stanley, Howard, Leveridge, Henry Purcell, Hudson, Festing, Vincent and Neale. Singers mentioned include Senesino and Isabella Young. The Musical Entertainer was first issued in fortnightly parts, each containing four plates, from January 1737 to December 1739. The Musical Entertainer is a fine example of an 18th century illustrated book. Complete copies of this work are very rare; this facsimile copy is Volume 1 only.
Bound in brown leatherette in very good condition with pink dust cover and separate plastic protective cover. The dust cover shows signs of shelf wear and has been repaired with brown tape (not visible from the outside). The pages are clean and unmarked. A name has been cut off from the top of the front endpaper.