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PADDON, John (fl. 1793–1834)

The harmonic cards and a musical catechism, necessary attendants on J. Paddon's Tablette Harmonique … Entered at Stationer's Hall. Price 3s. 6d.

[titlepage to cards:] The harmonic cards, containing all the relative harmonies

London: [colophon to Musical Catechism:] printed by G. Schulze; [imprint on titlepage to cards:] printed by Edward Bridgewater, 1820
8vo: pp. 16 with drop-head title ‘A musical catechism’; 18 cards including titlepage, printed single sided and mounted on buff paper; and 2 cards printed on both sides.
Condition: 202 x 130mm. Last 2 cards re-attached with adhesive tape.
Binding: Original pink printed boards. Joints cracked and spine partly missing but with printed title intact; library class mark label pasted to upper board, and yellow marker attached to spine with adhesive tape.
Provenance: Kansas City Public Library with bookplate on pastedown, barcode on free endleaf and stamps on enleaves and p. 3 of text.
Bibliography: Kassler 812–13.

The title, printed on the upper board, continues ‘By the aid of which, children of any age, who are previously acquainted with the first rules of music, which are: the names and value of notes, marks in time, flat and sharp keys, &c. may be soon perfect in harmony and modulation; even parents, totally unaquainted with music, can assist their children in the study of thorough bass’. The titlepage to the Harmonic Cards states that ‘These cards must always go with La Tablette Harmonique, both invented by John Paddon, Organist of Quebec Chapel, who also invented the New Musical System, Music Slates, &c. &c. &c.’
The author is presumably the composer John Paddon, (1775 or 6–1846) for whom Clementi published Farewell to the nymph of my heart, a pastoral elegy … set to music by John Paddon (c. 1800).
OCLC locates copies at UCLA, UC Riverside and Brigham Young; not found in COPAC.