London: J.E. Adlard, 1868. Tall octavo. Original publisher's blindstamped royal blue cloth with titling gilt to boards. 40 pp. With finely-engraved illustrations throughout by Crowquill, including many caricatures illustrating the songs. Text within decorative red borders. Text only, with composer attributions to many of the songs. With "Junior Garrick Club" in manuscript to verso of title.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped.
Very scarce. Not located in OCLC.
"Alfred Crowquill" was a pseudonym used by the noted 19th century British comic artist Alfred Henry Forrester (1804-1872), illustrator of many contemporary books and periodicals. He was one of the first artists to contribute to Punch (1841-44) and also contributed images to other popular mid-19th century publications including The Monthly Magazine, Bentley's Magazine, The Illustrated London News and The Illustrated London Times. His caricatures include witty depictions of anthropomorphic animals, Victorian favorites such as fairies and young lovers, and blacks in various prevailing stereotypes; some of his earliest were engraved by George Cruikshank. His work is represented in the collections of the Biritsh Museum, the Victoria and Albert and the Houghton Library at Harvard.
Christy's Minstrels (also referred to as the Christy Minstrels) were an enormously popular blackface troupe formed in 1843 by Edwin Pearce Christy in Buffalo, New York. The name was licensed to a troupe that began performing on August 3, 1857 at the St. James Theatre in London "with such success that 'Christy Minstrels' became the generic name for blackface minstrels in Great Britain." Robert Stevenson in Grove Music Online.
The quality of performance among the various minstrel troupes of the era varied considerably. The present collection claims to be the only one touring the British Isles with any of the original members, thus the "Veritable and Legitimate" claim stamped in gilt to the upper board.
"Of the Company brought here by Messrs. Rayner and Pierce in 1857, nearly all the most distinguished members have been reunited under the present Management, making thirty-five performers instead of ten... At the present moment there is no other Company in this country, designating themselves "Christy Minstrels," that possesses a single member of the original troupe. But as the purpose of this preface was not to weary the public with the whole circumstances of this black atrocity, the Proprietors return to a more grateful theme, and beg their patrons and friends to accept this little collection of their songs and ballads as a Christmas Souvenir, trusting they will find that their endeavours to improve the literature of their Minstrel lMusic have been successful." Excerpt from the Preface of the present edition. Item #22069
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