New London: Printed typographically, by Samuel Green, 1812.
Oblong octavo. Half-mid-tan calf with marbled boards. 1f. (recto title within decorative border, verso copyright), -12 (text), 187 (music), [i] (index), [iv] (list of subscribers) pp.
Introductory text includes "A Brief Introduction to Psalmody," "Eight Notes," "Rests," "Time and its Different Moods," "Syncopation, or Driving Notes," "Lessons of Intervals," "Musical Terms Explained," and "Degrees of Sound Included in an Octave, with the Number of Semitones in Each," followed by 132 tunes and 6 anthems.
With over 250 subscribers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio towns, including Thomas H. Atwill, Asahel Benham, Alling Brown, Seth Ely, Simeon Jocelyn, and Solomon Warriner.
Binding considerably worn, rubbed, and bumped; upper nearly detached; endpapers worn and browned, with small holes, tears, and stains; hinges cracked. Some browning, foxing, and showthrough.
Shaw & Shoemaker 26632. Metcalf: American Psalmody, p. 44. Warrington: Short Titles of Books relating to or illustrating the History and Practice of Psalmody in the United States 1620-1820, p. 72.
"While The Hartford Collection is the only known publication by Eli Roberts, it must have been a highly successful venture. The list of subscribers' names alone accounts for orders of 1016 copies." Fouts: Music Instruction in America to Around 1830 as Suggested by The Hartzler, p. 322.
Price: $225.00 other currencies