Tuesday, 28 October 2014

A Title Page from Sheet Music circa 1800

This music was published, in about 1800, by the firm J W Linterns of Abbey Church Yard, who were the major music retailers in Bath in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Linterns were important as they were agents for fashionable London publishers Cahusac & Sons as well as having strong links with the Bath Assembly Rooms and their MCs such as James King.

James Lintern started the business but was declared bankrupt in 1781 at which time there was a sale of the contents of the shop in Stall Street opposite the Pump Room.

In 1782 the business was trading again as Lintern and Whithead.

Lintern, J. & W. Abbey Church Yard were musical instrument sellers music sellers and publishers.

They were agents for the London publishers Cahusac & Sons upon whose imprints their names frequently appear. They published occasionally — one work being : " Ten Country Dances, and four Cotillions... for 1797, printed for and sold at J. & W. Lintern's Music Warehouse, Bath,"

As well as music publishing Lintern's carried a wide range of musical instruments as well as acting as ticket agents for concerts and events and booking agents for music teachers.

Viscount Marie Marin was a musician and prolific composer who had taken refuge in Britain when the French Revolution made it impossible for him to return to France.

The advert to the left appeared in the Bath Chronicle of 1802 and gives some idea of the range of music the Lintern's sold and the earlier advert from 1787 shows their range of instruments

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