Folio. Half brown leather with textured cloth boards, raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt. 160 pp.
Previous owner's names in manuscript to upper flyleaf: "Geo. Fr. Dillingham," "Eliza E. D." Early small 19th century Maine bookseller's label to upper pastedown "D. Bugbee Bookseller Importer of Foreign Books & Stationery Bangor."
[ANON]. Swiss Boy. Boston: Oliver Ditson [no PN], n.d.
B.C.B. (fl. 1950). La Premiere Polka. Boston: Oliver Ditson [PN 7476], n.d.
BAKER, John C. (fl 1849). The Wooneac Serenade. Boston: Oliver Ditson [PN 2156], 1849
BALFE, Michael William (1808-1870). When we recall the happy scenes. Boston: Oliver Ditson [PN 6053], n.d.
BARNETT, James G. (fl.1850). La Fleur de Tyrol. Boston: Oliver Ditson [PN 6298], n.d.
[after BEETHOVEN, Ludwig (1770-1827)]. The Rose Waltz. Boston: Oliver Ditson [PN 1682], n.d.
[after BELLINI, Vincenzo (1801-1835)]. Still so gently o'er me stealing. Boston: Oliver Ditson [PN 2230], n.d.
[after BLANGINI, Giuseppe (1781-1841)]. Farewell my native hills. New York: Firth, Pond & Co. [PN 1522], 1852
CONVERSE, Charlie C. (1832-1918). We miss thee at home. Boston: Oliver Ditson [PN 6195], 1853
[EMMETT, Dan (1815-1904)]. Jordan is a hard road to travel. Boston: G.P. Reed & Co. [PN 2133], n.d.
FOSTER, Stephen (1826-1864). My old Kentucky home, good night. New York: Firth, Pond & Co. [PN 1892], 1853
FOSTER. Old dog tray. New York: Firth, Pond & Co. [PN 2384], 1853
FOSTER. Farewell my Lilly dear. New York: Firth, Pond & Co. [PN 1456], 1851
HOWE, T.H. (fl. 1850). Sea Side Polka. Boston: Oliver Ditson [PN 7457], n.d.
JULLIEN, Louis Antoine (1812-1860). The Prima Donna Waltzes. Boston: Oliver Ditson [PN 7002], n.d.
LEE, Alexander (1802-1851). This is the hour. Boston: Oliver Ditson [no PN], n.d.
METCALF, I.N. (fl. 1845). The blind girl.Boston: E.H. Wade [PN 512], 1845
ORDWAY, John P. (1824-1880). Sweet Nelly Brown. Boston: A. & J.P. Ordway [no PN], 1850
PETERS, W.C. (1805-1866). The Greek March. New York: W.M. Hall & Son [PN 2089], 1840
PETERS, W.C. (1805-1866). If I had but a thousand a year or Robin Ruff. New York: Firth, Pond & Co. [PN 612], 1843
SEDGWICK, A. (fl.1850). Little Katy or Hot Corn. New York: Horace Waters [no PN], 1853
SLADE, Charles (fl. 1849). Thou hast learned to love another. Boston: Oliver Ditson [PN 7095], 1849
SOUTHGATE, Fred. (fl. 1850). The Ariel Polka. Boston: Oliver Ditson [PN 7371], n.d.
STEIN, Willard (fl.1851), arranger. Wait for the wagon. Louisville: G.W. Brainard & Co. [PN 714.4], 1853
VAN DER WEYDE, Proff.[!] (fl. 1854).The hot corn girl. New York: Horace Waters [no PN], 1854
WALLACE, W. (fl. 1852), arranger. Jacob gets the mitten. Louisville: G.W. Brainard & Co. [PN 572-5], 1852
WARDWELL, Stephen P. (fl. 1852). Gaspee Polka. Providence: A.M. Leland [PN 6061], 1852
WURZEL [ROOT, George Frederick (1820-1895)]. The hazel dell. New York: William Hall & Son [PN 2718], 1853
Boards somewhat worn, bumped, and rubbed. Moderately foxed; a few leaves with minoe edge tears; some showthrough.
A fascinating collection of mid-19th century American popular song sheets, including minstrel songs by Stephen Foster and George Fredrick Root, offering a glimpse into the musical tastes prevalent during the decades immediately preceeding the American civil war.
"[Stephen] Foster’s songs reflect both supremely positive and negative social morals, practices, and qualities, and they have had a strong part in developing performance and distribution media as well as worldwide notions of American identity ... Foster’s songs are prominent in discussions of cultural perspectives on race in 1840s and 50s America, and Eric Lott (1993) sees the minstrel songs as “a lens through which to read” the era’s political controversies. Some historians portray Foster as sensitive to social approbation, crafting “refined” lyric sentiments about family, young women, or slaves, and exercising his power—as an author whose work was in demand by the public—to supplant what he termed “trashy and really offensive words.” Others, citing the minstrel songs, argue that Foster, like Mark Twain, has been “hypercanonized,” that he had no “conversion” to racial compassion but instead helped popularize working-class racist language and sentimentalize slavery (Lightweis-Goff, 2008; Byrd, 2009)." Deane L. Root in Grove Music Online
The original owner may have been George Francis Dillingham (1835-1904), Agent of the Penobscot Indian tribe, married Ellen Eliza Brayley (1838-1878) in 1855.
Price: $200.00 other currencies