DEATH OF WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
The Gentleman’s Magazine
In the obituary section of this famous journal is a six-line notice of the great composer’s death. Born in Salzburg, Austria in 1756, the child prodigy wrote, conducted, and performed some of the most beautiful music in history (my personal favorites are the two flute concertos and Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”–his last). I have never seen mention of this event in any other contemporary publication. This issue also contains lengthy obituaries of Sir Joshua Reynolds, and Gustavus III, King of Sweden.
Mutiny on the Bounty – further, there is a report on the search for the Bounty’s crew of mutineers still on Tahiti. Sixteen were recaptured, the rest, along with Fletcher Christian, had long since headed for Pitcairn Island.
101 pages, very fine condition, bound in rich leather with marbled end papers and gold lettering. Two rare antique plates are also included. The Gentleman’s Magazine was the first publication in history to utilize the title “Magazine.” A truly important piece of music history.