London: Printed by William Pearson, for Benjamin Sprint at the Bell in Little-Britain, 1730. Nineteenth Edition, Corrected. Leather. Small octavo, old blind-tooled calf, rebacked, morocco labels. 170 pp, engraved frontispiece portrait, engravings of the Bass-Viol and the Treble-Violin, much printed music, with [2 pp] [one leaf] of adverts "BOOKS Printed for, and Sold by Benjamin Sprint" at end. Browning to endpapers, boards chipping bit at the edges, old ink names on front endpapers, top of spine very slightly pulled, small scratches to boards. Very good condition, and complete. Very Good. Item #311179
John Playford (1623 - 1686/7) was a London bookseller, publisher, minor composer, and member of the Stationers' Company, who published books on music theory, instruction books for several instruments, and psalters with tunes for singing in churches. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SKILL OF MUSICK was first published in 1654; it was a popular book with many editions through the 17th & 18th Centuries.