Universal harmony or, The gentleman and ladie's social companion : consisting of a great variety of the best & most favourite English & Scots songs, cantatas &c. &c : with a curious design, by way of head piece, expressive of the sense of each particul[a]r song all neatly engraved on quarto copper plates : and set to music for the voice, violin, hautboy, German & common flute, with a thorough base for the organ, harpsich[or]d, spinet, &c. / by the best masters ; the whole calculated to keep people in good spirits, good health, & good humour, to promote social friendship in all comp[an]ys and universal harmony in every neighbourhood.

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London : Printed for J. Newbery, at ye Bible & Crown, without Temple Bar, 1745.
[2], 129, [1] leaves : ill. (engravings) ; 27 cm. (4°)


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Summary note
Songs by various composers, mostly for solo voice and continuo (figured bass), with versions for the flute, most headed by an engraved illustration.
  • 132 engraved pages, printed on one side only.
  • An expanded reissue of the 'English Orpheus', originally published by the engraver, Thomas Kitchin.
  • "T. Kitchin, sculpt"--At foot of t.p.
  • In some copies the final song (leaf 129) begins 'Hearts with mutual pleasure glowing'; in others it is entitled 'The feast. Set by Mr. Oswald.'
  • Includes index on leaf [130].
Binding note
Later maroon crushed levant by Riviere, with triple-gilt-ruled borders, gilt spine with floral decoration, title, and date in panels, gilt floral turn-ins and edge roll, all edges gilt, later marbled endpapers; within maroon cloth slipcase.
  • Roscoe, A598
  • RISM B/II, p. 393
  • References: Kidson, F. 'Some illustrated music-books', in The musical antiquary, v. 3 (July, 1912), p. 207
Place name(s)
England London.
Other title(s)
  • Gentleman and ladie's social companion
  • English Orpheus
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