BEN JONSON IN SONG
BEN JONSON IN SONG DRINK TO ME ONLY WITH THINE EYES. A favorite Glee for three Voices.
London Printed for Birchall and Andrew’s … [between 1783 and 1789].  
4to bifolium (344 × 244 mm), pp. [2]; insignificant marginal browning, stab-holes to inner margin, creased from where previously folded, disbound.
Ben Jonson’s poem ‘To Celia’ was sung to several different tunes from the mid eighteenth century onwards, ‘all of which have been forgotten. The present well-known melody was first published about 1780 in a number of editions with priority uncertain, none of them claiming entry at Stationers’ Hall. Interestingly, all of the early printings [bar one] are in the form of a glee for three voices … All attempts to discover the composer of this beautiful melody have proved unavailing. There is no foundation for the claim that the composer was Mozart …’ (Fuld, pp. 202–3, who suggests it may be by John Wall Callcott (1766–1821), one of the most famous English glee composers, who virtually monopolized the annual prizes awarded by the Catch Club).
This printing not found in either BUCEM or RISM, or COPAC. WorldCat lists a sole copy, at the National Library of Australia.
£250   
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