Vivaldi, Antonio. (1678–1741) [Facco, Giacomo. (1676-1753)] IL CIMENTO DELL' ARMONIA E DELL' INVENTIONE, CONCERTI A 4 E 5...OPERA OTTAVA...[Libro Primo], Secondo ["The Four Seasons"]
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Extremely rare first edition of Vivaldi's 12 concertos composed between 1723 and 1725 and published in 1725 as "Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione" (The Contest Between Harmony and Invention), the violin soloist part for "Violino Principale, including the first four concertos known as "The Four Seasons," and being among the most famous instrumental music of all time. 4to: Title [Libro Secondo]; [vb]; 1-4 pp [Sonetto Dimostrativo]; [blank]; 2-25 pp [Concerto I - VI]; [vb] [blank] 2-25 pp [Concerto VII-XII]. Engraved throughout. [PN] 520 [Libro 1]; [PN] 521 [Libro 2]. Lacking the titlepage of "Libro Primo" (music preceded by Libro Secondo title) and the dedicatory letter by Vivaldi ("Illustrissimo Signore"), but including the four sonnets (4 pp), descriptive commentaries within the music for Concertos I to IV ["The Four Seasons"]. Some very min. browning and spotting, a few small nicks and tears to page corners, overall fine. Ref: Ryom (1986), pp.27-28; Ryom (2007), pp.592 and 129; RISM V 2225; BUC, p.1047; Lesure 637; P. Everett, Vivaldi: The Four Seasons and other concertos Op.8 (Cambridge, 1996). Bound with: Facco, Giacomo."Pensieri Adriarmonici. Concerti à cinque, trè violini, alto viola, violoncello, e basso per il cembalo [...]. Opera prima, libro secondo. "Violino Primo Principale." Amsterdam: J. Roger. [PN] 477. Title; [vb]; [blank]; 2 - 25 pp [Concerto VII-XII]. Ref: RISM F-48. Clipped sheet inscribed in a contemporary hand "À Mademoiselle Le Boursier" laid in. Bound together in green tinted velum, gilt leather title label on front cover, spine with 5 raised bands (faded), top and side edge red.