For St Patrick’s Day

I may only have just returned from the New York Book Fair, but next week I’ll be off to Edinburgh.  This year is going to be a busy one.  One book I shall on my stand there is this:

Published in 1745, this is the rare first edition of Burk Thumoth’s collection of Scottish and Irish airs.  Thumoth was an Irish musician, who performed as a trumpeter and flautist in both Dublin and London.  He published little, but this book is important as ‘one of the earliest printed sources of Irish traditional airs’ (New Grove).  According to one source, the book was a favourite of Thomas Jefferson’s.

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