Scarce lexicographic milestone about Hungarian Romany musicians, 1896
Miklós MARKÓ (Ed.): CZIGÁNYZENÉSZEK ALBUMA [Album of Gipsy Musicians]. With 140 text illustrations. Budapest: 1896.
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Miklós MARKÓ (Ed.): CZIGÁNYZENÉSZEK ALBUMA [Album of Gipsy Musicians]. 45 elhalt és 65 fővárosi és vidéki élő primás arezképével, életrajzával, 13 zenekari képpel és 180 segédzenész arezképével. [Biographies of 45 deceased and 65 living Maestros, depictions of 13 orchestras as well as notes about 180 further musicians in capital and the countryside.] With 140 text illustrations after paintings, photographies and wood-cuts. Budapest: Self published 1896.
8to.  129  pages. Original pictorial red cloth (by Göttermayer, Budapest).
First and only edition of this particularly scarce lexicographic milestone about Hungarian Romany musicians.
Contents: Present volume contains extended biographies of 110 Hungarian Maestros of Romany origin from the 18th and 19th century, where of only 2 women. Most of the images show violin virtuosi, but instrumentalists for citera, guitar and clarinet are also depicted. The musicians derived from all over historic Hungary, from Transilvania (nowadays part of Romania) in the east, from the southern regions, e.g. from the Banat area (nowadays also part of Romania and Serbia), from the northern »Ober-Ungarn« (nowadays Slovakia) and also from the western parts of the country around Bratislava (Pozsony) and Györ.
Cover illustration: The attractive pictorial cover incorporates the reproduction of a painting of the famous founding father of this tradition, violin virtuoso Czinka Panna (1711-1772), as well a hatch-hog with a leaf in his mouth and the caption „Coat of Arms of the Gypsies“.
Condition: Spine with minor wear and some spots, paper time-stained, otherwise very fine indeed.
Rarity: OCLC/WorldCat records only 7 copies in institutional holdings worldwide, including Hungary (Hungarian Academy of Science (Budapest), Brotherthon Library (Leeds), Leipzig University Library, Newberry Library, Michigan State University Library, NYPL, Szeged University Library). A facsimile reprint was published in 2006.