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Three engravings from Description de l’Egypte were recently added to the Mahoney Music Collection. These plates are from Antiquities volumes 2 and 5, and show individuals playing harps. Each measures about 30” x 22”, with one in color and the others in grey tones. These images spark my curiosity. What did early Egyptian harp music sound like?

Description de l’Egypte is a multivolume set containing information gathered during Napoleon Bonaparte’s expedition to Egypt in 1798. The first edition was published 1802 – 1824 and had four printings. These printings differ mainly in quality, i.e. in the types of paper used and how many of plates were in color. For more about the books and the plates, the expedition, the people involved, the engraving process, the Rosetta Stone, and the ancient Suez canal, see Gillispie, and Dewachter.

Source: Gillispie, C., & Dewachter, M. (1987). Monuments of Egypt: The Napoleonic edition: The complete archaeological plates from la Description de l’Egypte. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton Architectural Press in association with the Architectural League of New York, the J. Paul Getty Trust, call number Main Collection DT60 .M59 1987.

 

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VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota Archives and Special Collections has announced the addition of two unique assortments of material from the Mahoney Music Collection to the Digital Library of South Dakota.

These collections include 30 illustrated catalogs of the famed Lyon & Healy brokers and harp makers and 13 treatises from violin masters before 1850. The catalogs, ranging in date from 1890-1940, include rich descriptions and illustrations of both rare and modern violins, violas, and violoncellos, as well as the harps for which the company would become most well-known. The treatises include Leopold Mozart’s 1756 treatise, as well as treatises by Francesco Geminiani, Carl Flesch, and Ivan Galamian.

View both collections on the Digital Library of South Dakota.

The Mahoney Music Collection contains more than 4,800 books, magazines, pamphlets, and ephemera documenting the history, craftsmanship, and playing of stringed instruments. The collection contains a particularly comprehensive assortment of books about violins and the violin family instruments. The collection was gifted the collection to the University of South Dakota in June 2006 by John P. and Barbara Mahoney, who continue to add new materials.

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The Volante, the student newspaper at the University of South Dakota, was started in November of 1887 and continues to this day.  USD historian Cedric Cummins wrote that “The strange title had been derived from a French word signifying ‘flying’. ” (The University of South Dakota, 1862-1966, p.36)

The Archives and Special Collections has the Volantes in paper, but we seem to be missing the entire 1988-1989 school year. Please contact us if you have Volantes from that year that you would like to donate.

The first fourteen years of the Volante can be seen online on the South Dakota Digital Library. The main collection of the library has most (if not all) of the Volantes on microfilm.

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