Handel's Sacred Oratorio, The Messiah
c1860s, in an attractive leather binding
Hardback, full leather binding with five raised bands, gilt decoration and contrasting leather title label to spine. Marbled endpapers and page edges. Boards with gilt ruled margin and gilt edge decoration. 25.5 × 17cm. 4, -182, [6 ads]pp. Dated from 'Bibliography of the Musical Works Published by the Firm of John Walsh' by Smith & Humphries (1969), and through the advert for The Musical Times to the rear.
Full title: Handel's Sacred Oratorio, "The Messiah" (Composed in the Year 1741), In Vocal Score, with a Separate Accompaniment for the Organ or Pianoforte
An attractive edition of The Messiah, for voice and accompaniment. The leather binding has a gilt monogram of M.N. to the upper board.
This copy is in good condition for age. The leather is bumped to the corners and there is some scuffing to the raised bands and head of the spine, The inner binding is secure but weakening at the front hinge (though still safe). The main body of text is in good order, the pages clean if a little age-toned. The index to the rear has what appears to be some casting notes and dated 1891, these are in pencil and have offset slightly to the opposing page. However, this remains a very nice copy.