Detroit: James S. Drake [without PN], [after 1860?].
Disbound. [i] (title), 2-37, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. No price. Engraver's name: "Stackpole NY" to lower left of title and the price "30" within a star to lower right.
Some minor foxing and paper imperfections; offsetting of another title ("Cloches de Monastére") to final page.
James S. Drake is not recorded as a publisher in Dichter and Shapiro. WorldCat lists only one other edition by him: W. B. Miller, "The Girl I Left behind Me," no. 5 of a series entitled "Tone-Wreath" published in 1864. A composer by the same name had pieces published by two other companies in Detroit: a "Wedding March" (Whittemore, Swan & Stephans, 1870) and "L'Albin," a waltz (Stephens, Roe, 1880; two versions); the publisher of the present work and the composer of the above-named march and waltz are, in all likelihood, one and the same person.
Apparently based on the edition published by Breitkopf & Härtel.
An interesting early American edition, otherwise unrecorded. Possibly one of the earliest U.S. publications of Chopin's music.
Price: $250.00 other currencies