Boethius, 1492 Incunabula - Treatise on Arithmetic, Geometry and Music. Old vellum bound


The first printed edition of  the five books on music in an extremely rare separate issue, foliated I - LXVIII. (de Musica XX - LI)  Illustrated with numerous woodcuts.

Martianus Minneus  Felix Capell (formally listed Capella) probably wrote his work, one of the earliest and most important music treatises in the first half of the 5th Century.  It deals with the relationship of music to mythology and the encyclic disciplines, the effect of music on man, the definition and classification of music and theory, harmonics and rhythmics.  The work was highly esteemed by medieval teachers.  He was the forerunner of Boethius, who wrote this similar, much more comprehensive encyclopedic work. The chapter on music " furnished the Occident with its foundations of musical thought"  ( -  P.H. Lang)

An extremely rare  treatise, Part of the Hans Adler musical Library donation to the Witwatersrand Hans Adler Memorial Music Library






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