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CATALOGUE OF THE
The Sacred Harmonic Society.
A NEW EDITION, REVISED AND
PUBLISHED BY THE SOCIETY, AT THEIR OFFICE,
No. 6, IN EXETER HALL.
HE numerous additions to the Society's Library have long rendered a new edition of its Catalogue a desideratum. A comparison of the present and former editions will best show the extent of the increase which has been made to the Library generally, as well as that of the additions to particular departments. It may, however, be stated that, whilst there is scarcely any department which has not received some accessions, there are several in which the additions have been very considerable.
The Ecclesiastical Music, both printed and manuscript, has been materially increased, several Oratorios have been added, and the Collections of Songs and Instrumental Music have both been much augmented. Amongst the additions to the Collections of Songs is an edition, published in 1627, of the remarkably curious and interesting Dutch work, "Friesche Lust-hof," originally brought out at Amsterdam in 1621, under the editorship of J. J. Starter, an Englishman, containing many songs set to old English ballad tunes, some of which tunes have come down to us mainly through the medium of this book. But the greatest augmentation received by any department is in the Operas, in which the collection of English Operas and other musical pieces has been so largely increased as to render it, in all probability, unparalleled in extent, except, perhaps, in the great public libraries. The English Operas and other musical pieces now comprise nearly 400 different