Melody And The Lyric From Chaucer To The Cavaliers - John Murray GibbonJ. M. Dent & Sons, 1930, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, heavily faded and now sealed in a mylar protector. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Previous owners' inscription to first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “The English lyric up to Herrick’s day has a sequence of consonants and vowels which makes it peculiarly “singable”. Some of the lyrics of this period are known to have been written for music, and the melodies themselves have in certain cases been preserved. The hunt for others revealed to the author of this book so much valuable literary history not readily accessible, and threw so much new light upon the metres used, that he was urged by musical and literary friends to publish the results of his researches, on the ground that the work would have far-reaching effects on the study of the English lyric — a claim which the publishers, in offering this richly-documented book to the public, feel fully justified in supporting.”