Author: Schmid, Anton (1787-1857)
Publisher: Carl Gerold
Place: Wien (Vienna)
x+402 with name index. Octavo (9" x 6") bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 16) First edition.
Anton Schmid, after receiving his first music lessons from the village school teacher Ferdinand Scholz, he came to the Augustinian monastery in Böhm as a choirboy in 1798. He attended the gymnasium there and received further music lessons. From 1804 he lived in Prague, where he continued his studies and earned his living as a music teacher and musician. After his father's death (1812), Schmid. went to Vienna and initially lived here as a private teacher. In 1818 he came to the Austrian National Library as a concept intern, became a scriptor there in 1818 and curator in 1844. In this position, on behalf of the Austrian National Library as the master musician, and later Court Library Prefects, today's music curator. the library created and development this category which he made possible. With his publishing work for music history he is one of the pioneers in research in this area; groundbreaking achievements were above all the books about the inventor of printing music with movable type, Ottaviano dei Petrucci da Fossombrone, and Gluck's first scientific biography. He has also worked in other areas and published a bibliography of the game of chess from the material he had access to from the library.
Rebound, some staining to to gutters else a very good copy.