London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1929. Item #04965
"Music is a Higher Revelation than all Wisdom and Philosophy" Ludwig van Beethoven
First Edition in English of Rolland's Notable Biography
In a Superb Cosway-Style Binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
COSWAY-STYLE BINDING. SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, binders. BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van. ROLLAND, Romain. Beethoven the Creator… The Great Creative Epochs: 1 From the Eroica to the Appassionata. Translated by Ernest Newman. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1929.
First English Language Edition. Octavo (9 3/8 x 6 1/8 inches; 239 x 155 mm.). 432 pp. Twenty-seven plates of which five are double-page. Numerous engraved head and tail pieces and examples of Beethoven's musical notations.
Bound c. 1929 by Sangorski and Sutcliffe (stamp-signed in gilt on rear turn-in). Full crushed midnight blue morocco over beveled boards with elaborate gilt-rolled borders and gilt-tooled frame. Spine with five raised bands elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt in compartments. Gilt-ruled board edges, broad, gilt-rolled dentelles. Gilt-tooled red morocco doublures. Set into the front doublure is a fine oval miniature painting of Ludwg van Beethoven under slightly domed glass within a decorative gilt frame. Pale blue moiré silk flyleaves. Beveled edges. All edges gilt and gauffered.
A very fine example. Housed in the original felt-lined, blue cloth slipcase, smooth spine lettered in gilt.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a German composer and pianist whose music ranks amongst the most performed of the classical music repertoire; he remains one of the most admired composers in the history of Western music. His works span the transition from the classical period to the romantic era in classical music. His career has conventionally been divided into early, middle, and late periods. The "early" period, during which he forged his craft, is typically considered to have lasted until 1802. From 1802 to around 1812, his "middle" period showed an individual development from the "classical" styles of Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and is sometimes characterized as "heroic." During this time he began to suffer increasingly from deafness. In his "late" period from 1812 to his death in 1827, he extended his innovations in musical form and expression.
Romain Rolland (1866-1944) was a French dramatist, novelist, essayist, art historian and mystic who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1915 "as a tribute to the lofty idealism of his literary production and to the sympathy and love of truth with which he has described different types of human beings". He is also noted for his correspondence with and influence on Sigmund Freud. The first two volumes of his work on Beethoven Les Grandes Époques Créatrices were first published in 1928.