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BYRON, Lord; Isaac NATHAN (composer).

A Selection of Hebrew Melodies, Ancient and Modern,

with Appropriate Symphonies and Accompaniments, by J. Braham and I. Nathan: The Poetry Written expressly for the Work, by The Right Hon. Lord Byron. No. 1 & 2.

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London, I. Nathan, 1815

A signed copy of the most famous work by Isaac Nathan, with a separate dedication plate in each volume to Princess Charlotte, daughter of George IV.

Isaac Nathan (c. 1791-1864) was a Jewish-English composer, musicologist, journalist and self-publicist. Son of a synagogues cantor, Nathan was classically trained by Domenico Corri, who was the student of legendary vocal teacher Nicola Porpora. In 1813 he conceived the idea of publishing settings of tunes from synagogue usage and persuaded Lord Byron to provide the words for these. The result was his famous Hebrew Melodies. The work used, for the most part, melodies from the synagogue service, though few if any of these were in fact handed down from the ancient service of the Temple in Jerusalem, as Nathan claimed. To assist sales, Nathan recruited the famous Jewish singer John Braham to place his name on the title page, in return for a share of

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First edition, folio, 2 vols bound together in a modern half-calf binding; slight browning to pages. [8], 1-64, [8], 65-133, [2] pp. Signed by I. Nathan on the bottom of the titles of both first and second vols. Insert of the Prospectus: 8vo, 2 ll., with some marginal tears, no loss of text.


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