Songs by various named and unnamed composers, principally for high voice with figured bass; part for flute printed at the end of most songs.
Chiefly English words; 2 songs have Italian words.
Among the composers named are Handel, Purcell, Corelli, Turner, Green, Leveridge, Vanbrugh, Monro, Gunn, Lampe, Gladwin, Boyce, Carey, Putti, Popely, Holcombe, Arne, Digard, Stanley, Howard, Hudson, Festing, Vincent, Neale, C. Smith, Jr., John C. Smith, Wichello, Bliondoracellini, Wm. Fisher, Gouge, Philips, King, Tho. Phillips.
Vol. 2 has separate t.p., with different imprint: Bickham's Musical entertainer, [London], (at Addison's Head, Fleet Street): printed for C. Corbett.
George Bickham, Jr. "was principally famous in music circles for his two illustrated folio volumes, The Musical Entertainer, first issued in  fortnightly parts, each containing four plates, from January 1737 to December 1739."--NG.
Later issued by the engraver in 2 v. of 100 plates each, with a separate t.p. for each vol.; this ed. lacks the list of subscribers, but includes the indexes of songs in each vol., both characteristics of the first ed.; also characteristic of the 1st ed. is the attribution of fol. 14 of v. 2 to Handel, corrected to Porpora in the 2nd ed. (ca. 1740).
Engraved throughout on recto only, with illustrated title-pages, and vignettes at the head of each song.
With additional v. 1 t.p. (38 cm), and prelim. p. 2-4 and  p. list of subscribers (40 cm.), laid inside cover.