The Anacreontic Song as Sung at the Crown & Anchor Tavern in the Strand the Words by Ralph Tomlinson Esqr. Late President of the Society. AMERICA - The Star Spangled Banner, John Stafford Smith.

The Anacreontic Song as Sung at the Crown & Anchor Tavern in the Strand the Words by Ralph Tomlinson Esqr. Late President of the Society.

London: Longman & Broderip, [December 1782 or slightly later]. Folio. Modern marbled boards. 4 pp. Engraved. Includes versions "For the Guitar" and "For the German Flute" on p. 4. The name of John Stafford Smith is not mentioned.

A very good copy.

Rare. First Edition, second issue of the melody which became known as "The Star Spangled Banner." BUC p. 1011. Fuld p. 529. RISM S3705. The first issue dates from between ca. 1771 and 1781 and has only the Cheapside address of the publisher in the imprint.

The song was written in the 1770s for the Anacreontic Society, a gentlemen's club of amateur musicians in London. John Stafford Smith had a considerable reputation as a composer of glees and catches, and his tune quickly became immensely popular, especially in the United States. More than 80 settings to various texts appeared in America before 1820. Francis Scott Key (1779-1843) wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" in 1814 to Smith's tune. In this form, the tune soon became a popular patriotic song and, with some melodic alteration, was canonized as the national anthem of the United States in 1931. Item #26063

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