Oblong folio. Half dark brown leather with marbled boards, spine in decorative compartments gilt.
Contains, in order of appearance:
Shield, William 1748-1829
- No. 1. Ballad. With "Sung by Mr. Banister" at head. 1 p. Text commencing "I travs'd Judah's barren land." With separate text to verses 2 and 3. For the character Angelina.
- No. 2. Siciliano. With 'Sung by M. Johnstone" at head. 1 p. Text commencing "Her hair is like a golden due[!]." For the character Edwin.
- No. 3. With "Sung by Mr Edwin" at head. 1 p. Text commencing "Let's seek the bow'r of Robin Hood." With separate text to verses 2 and 3. For the character Ruttekin. From the comic opera Robin Hood, or Sherwood Forest to a libretto by L. MacNally and E. Lysaght after popular ballads and O. Goldsmith's The Vicar of Wakefield, first performed in London at Covent Garden on 17 April 1784.
- No. 4. Duetto. With "Sung by M. Johnstone and M. Bannister" at head. 2 pp. Text commencing "Thus let me hold thee to my heart." For the characters Edwin and Angelina.
- No. 5. There's nae luck about the House. A Schotch[!] air with Variations. 1-1/2 pp., with 4 variations in total. For keyboard.
Bossi, Cesare 1773-1802
- No. 6. Dance in Pegg's Love a Ballet. 1/2 p. For keyboard. Little Peggy's Love, choreographed by Charles Louis Didelot (1767-1837), was first performed at the King's Theatre on 21 April 1796.
Storace, Stephen 1762-1976
- No. 7. Untitled. With "Sung by Master Welch in The Prize" to head. 1 p. Text commencing "You care of money." With separate text to verse 2. The Prize, in 2 acts to a libretto by Hoare, was first performed in London at the Little Theatre in the Haymarket on 11 March 1793.
Arnold, Samuel 1740-1802
- No. 8. One day I heard Mary Say. With "Sung by Miss Georg" to head. 1 p. Text commencing "White man never go away" and continuing "And when all the sky is blue, Sun makes warm weather, I'll catch you a cock a too, Dress you in feather." With separate text to verse 2. From Inkle and Yarico, a comic opera in three acts to a libretto by George Colman the younger after Richard Steele’s essay, first performed in London at the Little Theatre in the Haymarket on 4 August 1787. Miss George sang the part of Yarico in an early performance of the work. Fiske: English Theatre Music in the Eighteenth Century Century, Second Edition, p. 478.
- No. 9. Untitled. With "Sung by [?]Mr. Bland in The Mountaineers" to head. 2 pp. Text commencing "When the hollow drum has beat to bed." For the character Agnes. The Mountaineers, in three acts to a libretto by George Colman the younger after M. de Cervantes's Don Quixote and W. Hodson's Zoraida, op. 34, was first performed at the Little Theatre in the Haymarket on 3 August 1793.
- No. 10. Untitled. With "Sung by Mrs. Bland and Mr. Banister in The Mountaineers" at head. 1 p. Text commencing "Oh happy tawny moor." With separate text to verses 2 and 3. For the characters Agnes and Sadi.
- No. 11. Maria's Evening Service. 2-1/2 pp. Text commencing "At morn and eve to thee I pray."
- No. 12. Untitled. With "Sung by Mrs. Bannister" and "Inkle and Yarico" at head. 2 pp. Text commencing "Fresh and strong the breeze is blowing." For the character Narcissa in Inkle and Yarico.
Smart, [?Henry 1778-1823]
- No. 13. The Dusky Night with Variations. 3 pp. For keyboard. One leaf reinforced with clear tape at inner margin.
- No. 14. Auld Robin Gray Scottish Medley. Overture. 9 pp. For piano. Including Auld Robin Gray (with section marked "Solo Gern. Flute"), Highland Laddie, The White Cocade, Dainty Davy, Hallow Ev'n, There's nay gude luck, The Rakes of Matlow (2), Locharbar, Mrs. Rose's Reel, Mis's Farquharsons Reel, Because hi was a bonny Lad, and I'll have a wife of my ean. For keyboard.
- No. 15. Untitled. With "Sung by Miss Leak" at head. 2 pp. For the character Jenny. With separate text to verse 2.
- No. 16. Untitled. With "Sung by M.C. Kemble and Miss Leak" at head. 2 pp. For the character Jemmy [Jenny].
- No. 17. Finale. With "Sung by Mr. Fawcet, Mr. Suet, Mrs. Bland, [?]Mrs. DeCamp, and Miss Leak" at head. 4 pp., with "Reel by all the performers" at conclusion. For the characters Donald, Moggo, Duncan, Susan, Jerry, and Jenny.
- In the Relief of Williamstat. March. 4 pp.
- Waltzes. 8 pp., including Allemande by Hoffmeister and Ecossaise.
- With "Sung by [?"]Mr. Wilson in The Agreeable Surprise" at head. 1 p. For the character Sir Felix. With separate text to verses 2 and 3. The Agreeable Surprise, a comic opera in two acts to a libretto by John O'Keeffe, was first performed In London at the Theatre Royal in the Haymarket on 3 September 1781.
- Evening Hymn. 1 p. With separate text to verses 2-5.
- 5 blank leaves (two elementary lines of notation to first leaf).
All above works on paper manufactured by Portal & Bridges most dated 1798, one dated 1797.
Portugal [Portogallo], Marcos António da Fonseca 1762-1830
- Duett Rendimi il figlio o barbaro Fernando in Mexico Portogallo.  (title), 2-16 pp. On paper by Portal & Bridges dated 1803. Fernando nel Messico, a dramma per musica in 3 acts to a libretto by F. Tarducci, was first performed in Venice at the Teatro S Benedetto on 16 January 1798 and in a revised 2-act version in Lisbon at the Teatro S Carlos in the summer of 1805. It was Portugal's only opera performed outside of Italy. "Marcos Portugal was not only one of the most prolific Luso-Brazilian composers ever, but also the most successful. His European fame rests above all on his comic operas ..." António Jorge Marques and David Cranmer in Grove Music Online
With early ownership signature of Mary Anne Grenville August, 1804 to front pastedown.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; minor loss to head and tail of spine; upper joints and hinges partially split. Slightly worn and browned; occasional small stains and tears; upper margin cropped, just slightly affecting titling and/or notation in most cases, occasionally more significantly; binder's holes to inner margins; one leaf repaired with clear tape; a number of leaves apparently removed preceding the duet from Fernando in Mexico.
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