The Busy Bee, or Vocal Repository; Being a Selection of the most Favourite Songs, &c. Contained in the English Operas, That have been Sung at the Public Gardens, And written for Select Societies; Together with an extensive Collection of Hunting Songs, And a variety of Scotch and Irish Ballads, &c. Volume the First [-Third]. VOCAL MUSIC.

The Busy Bee, or Vocal Repository; Being a Selection of the most Favourite Songs, &c. Contained in the English Operas, That have been Sung at the Public Gardens, And written for Select Societies; Together with an extensive Collection of Hunting Songs, And a variety of Scotch and Irish Ballads, &c. Volume the First [-Third]

London: J.S. Barr, [1790]. 3 volumes. 12mo. Newly bound in period-style marbled boards with printed paper title labels to spines.

Volume I: 1f. (title), [iii]-xvi index, 350 pp. 536 songs
Volume II: 1f. (title), [v]-xii index, 348 pp. 282 songs
Volume III: 1f. (half-title), 1f. (title), [i]-viii, 348 pp. including "A Complete Alphabetical Glossary; Or, Explanation of the Scotch Words" (pp. 345-348). 306 songs

With text only to 1,124 songs in total.

Manuscript annotation to flyleaf of Volume I: "Sept. 1792 Lent Mr. Hall the first Volume not come home yet."

Slightly worn and browned, occasional foxing and staining. Lacking frontispiece portraits of Mrs. Billington (Vol. I), Mrs. Martyr (Vol. II) and Captain Morris (Vol. III).

First Edition. Item #21873

Price: $450.00  other currencies

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