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Private music collections : catalogs and cognate literature
Coover, James, 1925-2004.
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Warren, Mich. : Harmonie Park Press, 2001.
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xxxviii, 718 pages ; 29 cm.
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ML113 .D48 NO.81 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music

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This volume identifies the location of the most important books, recordings, graphic materials, and scores held in private music collections. Entries range from 1467 to 1995 and have no geographical or language limitations. Information is divided into categories including catalogs and literature, unnamed collections, the migration of private collections, private collections now in institutions, vendors of collections, and lists, catalogs, and inventories. Data includes where the item can be found, buyers of sales items if an individual library was later put up for sale, birth and/or death dates for important collectors, and other relevant details. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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PMC has two functions: to identify the most important literature (including books and descriptive articles, manuscript lists, household inventories, and sale catalogs) and to indicate the present whereabouts of these collections. The volume complements the compiler's Musical Instrument Collections (1981), and the attention Coover (emer., SUNY Buffalo) gives to detail that characterized the earlier volume is also evident here. Not only are collections given full bibliographic citations, but valuable information concerning the migration of private collections, an index of vendors of collections, and a chronology of lists, catalogs, and inventories prepared before 1850 are also provided. In a work of this magnitude there is bound to be information requiring correction or amplification; it might be pointed out, for example, that Erich Hertzmann was born in 1902 (not 1782!), and the Dr. Southey named in item 109 was the distinguished English writer Robert Southey (1774-1843). PMC occupied Coover for nearly 40 years; his labors have yielded a bountiful harvest whose fruits will be appreciated by musicologists, librarians, and collectors for many years to come. D. Ossenkop emeritus, SUNY College at Potsdam

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Sources and Related Readingsp. xxv
Section 1 Catalogs and Literaturep. 3
Section 2 Unnamed Collectionsp. 415
Section 3 The Migration of Private Collectionsp. 451
Section 4 Private Collections Now in Institutionsp. 579
Section 5 Vendors of Collectionsp. 643
Section 6 Lists, Catalogs, and Inventoriesp. 657
Indexp. 667