Grove Edition Prefaces

The prefaces to earlier editions of Grove and its related publications provide unique insight into the history of the dictionary and the lexicographical process. We've collected some of our favorite prefaces here. Don't see what you're looking for? Please make a suggestion here.

Preface to 1st Edition (1879)

Preface to New Grove 1 (1980)

Preface - The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2013)

Preface - Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2014)