RESERVED - A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (A.D. 1450-1889). By Eminent Writers, English & Foreign, with illustrations and woodcuts. - George Grove (editor) 1899 - The Macmillan & Co., London An early printing of the first edition of Grove's monumental biographical dictionary in four magnificent volumes. One of the largest reference works on western music which ‘remains by far the most comprehensive compilation of it’s kind’ [OCEL]

First published in 1879 in this four volume format, the second edition was published as a five volume set. By 2001 Grove’s
Dictionary had expanded to a massive 29 volumes.
  Sir George Grove (13 August 1820 – 28 May 1900) was an English writer on music, immortalised in the title of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians first produced between 1879 and 1889.

Volume I: A - impromptu
Volume II: Improperia to Plain-Song
Volume III: Planche to Sumer Is Icumen In
Volume IV: Sumer Is Incumen In to Zwischenspiel with Appendix

Four octavo volumes (8½ x 6”), pp. 768; 769; 768; 820.
  Bound in modern red half morocco and cloth, black morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers.   Condition: Near fine with the bookplate of George Norton Stevens   Ref: 102495   Price: HK$ 3,000