The Complete Collection of Irish Music. As noted by George Petrie, (1789-1866). Edited, from the Original Manuscripts by Charles Villiers Stanford. Published by the Irish Literary Society of London by Boosey, 1902. Pp, 267. Parts 1 & 2 bound together in half morocco, cloth boards, spine with raised bands, title label to second compartment. Ownership ink stamps to prelimary pages, otherwise a nice handsome copy.
The first two parts of this important collection, a third part was published in 1905.
Charles Stanford notes in his preface: The Publication of the complete collection of Dr. Petrie's manuscripts of Irish music at last realises the aspirations of those enthusiastic Irishmen, most of them no more, who founded the Society for the preservation and publication of the Melodies of Ireland. This Society only succeeded in printing one volume of Dr. Petrie's work. The fact, however (announched in its prospectus), that it had at its disposal the materials of more than five such volumes, set me thinking how they could be traced and if possible published. My investigations happily resulted in the discovery of the material, and it is now presented to the public exaclty in the form which it took from Petrie's hand. I am not aware that any collection of the folk-music of any country exists in such profusion of material ofr so straight from the mint. A few errors ther are, but I have left petrie's work untouched, only nothing doubtful points occur. This volumes contained arrangements and airs themselves evidently (from comparison with the original mss.) suffered from manipulation by an ignorant hand. Each melody , however had a most interesing history and cirticism written by Petrie. It was impossible to reproduce the notes in the present colleciton. A reproduction of Dr. Petrie's very beautiful manuscript is prefixed to the first volume.