Histoire générale de la danse,
Paris: chez d'Houry, 1723. Item #02869
One of the First Histories of Dance and Ballet
The Exceptionally Rare First Issue of 1723
BONNET, (Jacques). Histoire générale de la danse, sacrée et prophane; ses progrés & ses révolutions, depuis son origine jusqu'a présent. Avec un supplément de l'Histoirede la Musique, & le paralèle de la peinture & de la poésie...Paris: chez d'Houry, 1723.
First edition, first issue. Twelvemo (6 1/8 x 3 1/4 in; 156 x 82 mm). xl, 269, [3, adv.] pp. Head- tailpieces, initials.
Bound c. 1875 by H. de Courmont (stamp-signed) in full navy blue crushed morocco with French fillets, gilt-rolled edges, gilt-tooled dentelles. Gilt-rolled raised bands, delicately gilt decorated compartments. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. With the bookplate of Avg. Anastas. A fine copy.
The exceptionally scarce first issue, recorded only by Toole-Stott, the standard bibliographies noting only the 1724 second issue. OCLC records only two copies in institutional holdings worldwide; the 1724 edition is held by seven libraries worldwide.
No copies of either edition have come to auction since ABPC began to records results in 1923.
One of the first histories of dance and ballet, from the Egyptians and Greeks through the early eighteenth century, this rarity contains an account of ballet and dance in the theater, a list of ballets performed in the courts of Europe 1450-1723, a chapter on the origins of masked balls, one on rope-dancing and gymnastics, and an invaluable little history of funambulism aka tightrope walking.
Little is known of binder H. de Courmont beyond that he worked in Paris during the last third of the nineteenth century and was renowned for the delicacy of his bindings.
Toole-Stott 81; Magriel, p.29; Cf. Eitner II, 115; Cf. Fetis II, 18; Cf. Fletcher 24.