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The Christian Minstrel: A New System of Musical Notation; With a Collection of Psalm Tunes, Anthems, and Chants, Selected from the Most Popular Works in Europe in America.  Designed for the Use of Churches, Singing-Schools, and Societies., AIKIN, JESSE B.
1 AIKIN, JESSE B. The Christian Minstrel: A New System of Musical Notation; With a Collection of Psalm Tunes, Anthems, and Chants, Selected from the Most Popular Works in Europe in America. Designed for the Use of Churches, Singing-Schools, and Societies.
1851 Leather & printed paper Book Oblong 9 x 5 inches. Philadelphia 
Seven-shape Shape-note Tunebook, 1851

AIKIN, JESSE B. The Christian Minstrel: A New System of Musical Notation; With a Collection of Psalm Tunes, Anthems, and Chants, Selected from the Most Popular Works in Europe in America. Designed for the Use of Churches, Singing-Schools, and Societies. By J. B. Aikin. Twentieth Edition. Philadelphia, T. K. Collins, Jr., ; E. C. & J. Biddle; T. K. & P. G. Collins. Lancaster, Judd & Murray. New York, H. Long. Boston, Fetridge & Co.. Cincinnati, D. Anderson. Columbus, S. N. Whiting & Huntington. Wheeling, Va., John Fisher. 1851. Oblong 9 x 5 inches. $175.00

Aikin's Christian Minstrel (Phila, 1846) was the second but first successful attempt to substitute 7 shapes for the traditional 4 shape fasola hymnals. It "endured for decades and went into as many as 171 editions. Aikin's choice of simple elementary forms for his three additional note-heads has been shown to be fortunate by the fact that his shapes are used today by all the seven-shape rural song-book publishers in the South and have been the standard notation in that territory for over fifty years. ...In Aikin's Preface he stated clearly his hopes that his book would supplant the `trashy publications' which had up to that time, `supplied the churches, especially of the South and West...' He also hoped that his new notation would swell the numbers of those who could read music easily. He explained that he had reduced the varieties of musical measure to three, two-two, three-two, and six-four time; that he had excluded the minor scale from consideration in his rudiments as an unnatural, impractical, confusing, and really non-existent phase of music; that he had but one sort of clef for all four parts, one that has G in the middle (third line) of the staff; and that he had expressed the key of the tune by words and not by symbols."--Jackson: White Spirituals in the Southern Uplands, p.320-21.

Bound black morocco spine with printed paper over boards, printed paper heavily worn & rubbed, large portions of it worn away especially on rear cover, crease in front cover, foxing, pencil notes and scribbling on endpapers.

Collation: A-3F4. Pagination: 416pp. Indexes. With music. (17922) 
Price: 175.00 USD
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2 AMERICAN TRACT SOCIETY. Songs of Zion. A Manual of the Best and Most Popular Humns and Tunes,
AMERICAN TRACT SOCIETY. Songs of Zion. A Manual of the Best and Most Popular Hymns and Tunes, for Social and Private Devotion. NY, Amer. Tract. Soc. (c1851) 9.7 x 15.1 cm. Heavy wear through cloth at all edges of spine, worn through cloth at corners, foxing, exlib. With music in 4 parts. 192pp. Indexes. "The great success and usefulness of the Sacred Songs, published by the America Tract Society in 1842, attest its excellence. This smaller collection is not designed to supersede that, but to supply a want, felt and expressed in all parts of the country, of a manual fitted for general use, especially in meetings for prayer and in the family circle--compact, convenient, and cheap, and at the same time comprising most of the hymns and tunes that are established favorites with Christians of every name. To assist the people of God in his worship and to promote the salvation of souls, are the great objects to which, in making this selection, every other consideration has been subordinated... From the Sacred Songs those only have been taken that seem essential to every good collection. The hymns have been kept in their most authentic form, as well as the tunes, which have been examined by the highest musical authority, and are changed from the current arrangement as seldom and as slightly as possible consistently with the laws of harmony. ...acknowledgments are especially due to two whose praise is in all the churches, Lowell Mason, Esq.,by whom one third of all the tunes in the book were composed or arranged, and Thomas Hastings, Esq., who has given many of his choicest tunes and aided in preparing the work for the press; also to Mr. W. B. Bradbury, and others..."--Preface. 
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3 BRADBURY Bradbury's Fresh Laurels for the Sabbath School. A New and Extensive
BRADBURY, WILLIAM B. Bradbury's Fresh Laurels for the Sabbath School. A New and Extensive Collection of Music and Hymns Prepared Expressly for Sabbath Schools, etc. By William Bradbury [2 lines] New York, Published by Biglow & Main 425 Broome St. Successors to William B. Bradbury. Ivison, Phinney, Blakeman & Co., 47 & 49 Greene Street. (c1867). Small oblong, 16.5 x 13.2cm. Bound somewhat tattered cloth spine with printed paper over card boards, top inch of spine cloth torn away, other small holes in spine cloth with loose ends pasted back down, cloth worn away at all edges and from top and back corners and edges, water spots on covers, endpapers split at inside hinges but covers firmly attached, light foxing, small dampstain in outside margin of last 10 leaves, pencil scribbling and names on front endpapers. Pagination: (1) title, (1) copyright & preface, [3]-160pp, index. From the preface: "A year ago it was thought by the intimate friends of the author of this work, that his last earthly song was sung, and that nothing more for Sabbath-schools would emanate from his pen. But, thanks to the Giver of all mercies for partial restoration to health, he is once more permitted to present to his Sabbath-school friends a new book full of new and fresh melodies--melodies, many of which have during the past year of affliction gushed forth from a heart, moaning under the chastising rod of loving Father..." William Batchelder Bradbury (1816-1868) music teacher, piano manufacturer. He came under the influence of Lowell Mason and was a close follower of his methods. In 1840 he went to a Brooklyn church as organist and the next year to the First Baptist Church in New York. There and in other churches he instituted free singing classes similar to those of Lowell Mason in Boston, which in both instances led to the introduction of music in the public schools. At annual festivals held in the Tabernacle the singers, all children, at times numbered 1,000. For use in these classes, festivals, and conventions he compiled many singing books adapted to the primitive needs of the time... Altogether over fifty different books were published. They all followed much the same 
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4 HANDEL Choruses of Handel's Messiah.

HANDEL, GEORGE FREDERICK. Choruses of Handel's Messiah. [At head of title:] Oratorio Chorus Book. Number One. NY, Mason Bros. [circa 1860] 128pp, index, oblong, cloth spine with printed paper over thin card covers, sh wr thru paper on corners, worm holes in cloth. With music. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Musical Miscellany, Comprising the Music Published in the Musical Magazine, HASTINGS, THOMAS
5 HASTINGS, THOMAS The Musical Miscellany, Comprising the Music Published in the Musical Magazine
Thomas Hastings' The Musical Miscellany, NY, 1836 1836 Hardback--paper covered good Octavo in 4's 14.4 x 23.3cm. New York 
Thomas Hastings(1784-1872) well known American composer of sacred music. "About two hundred of his hymns are in current use, and he left in manuscript about four hundred more. His music, with that of Lowell Mason, did important service in the Church, and marks in America the transition period between the crude and the more cultured periods of psalmody."--Thomas S. Hastings in New Schaff-Herzog Ency. Rel. Knowl., V:167. In 1832 by the call of a committee from 12 churches he moved from Utica, NY to NY City where he was urged to put into practice in that city the theories for better church music which he had been promulgating. And this he did for the next 40 years. The Musical Magazine (1836-1837) was one of the fruits of that labor. "Thomas worked diligently to promote the magazine... Unfortunately, the financial backing for this magazine was not sufficient to allow it to exist for more than two years and by April 1837 the final issue had come to press. Interestingly, this failed journalistic venture spawned yet another publication The Musical Miscellany, Comprising the Music Published in the Musical Magazine (1836). As the title indicates, the musical examples incorporated into the Musical Magazine were gathered together in a separate publication... There are forty-two items in the Miscellany, and many are by Hastings, whose compositions vary from a round (Let us oft unite in song) or a hymn (Ceylon) to an anthem (Funeral Anthem)."--Hermine Weigel Williams: Thomas Hastings: An Introduction to His Life and Music, p. 98, text & footnote. Bound in original vine pattern embossed cloth, lacking bottom 11cm and top 3cm of spine strip (8.5cm remaining), early hand lettered title label on spine, worn through cloth at corners at places along edges, light to medium foxing, heavier foxing on endpapers, historical society stamp and their withdrawn stamp on front paste-down endpaper, previous owner's name stamped in top outer corner of title page, number in red ink in top outer corner of front free endpaper, top to bottom tear in fist page of music repaired with archival rag paper. Collation: 2 unsigned leaves, 1-74, 334--i.e., the 8th signature of 4 leaves is signed 33. No pagination: (1) title, (1) copyright & printer, (1) index, (1) blank, (64)pp. Contains 42 numbered hymns in 4 parts on 4 staffs: tenor, second treble, air, accompaniment. Vol. 1 was all that was published. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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6 HULL Gem of Gems, A Choice Collection of Sacred Songs, Original and Sel

HULL, ASA. The Gem of Gems, A Choice Collection of Sacred Songs, Original and Selected... NY, Daniel W. Knowles, c1881, 192pp, indexes, short oblong, foxing, printed paper over boards with cloth spine, worn thru paper at edges with corners rounded down, frayed at spine ends. With music. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Minstrel of Zion: A Book of Religious Songs, Accompanied with Appropriate Music, Chiefly Original., HUNTER, WILLIAM and SAMUEL WAKEFIELD.
7 HUNTER, WILLIAM and SAMUEL WAKEFIELD. The Minstrel of Zion: A Book of Religious Songs, Accompanied with Appropriate Music, Chiefly Original.
1845 Paper over boards Book 12mo in 6's, 9.5 x 15.2cm. Philadelphia 
Small Methodist Four-Shape Shape-Note Tunebook, Philadelphia, 1845

HUNTER, WILLIAM and SAMUEL WAKEFIELD. The Minstrel of Zion: A Book of Religious Songs, Accompanied with Appropriate Music, Chiefly Original. Philadelphia, Sorin & Ball, Stereotyped by L. Johnson and Co., 1845 (c1845 Printed by T. K. & P. G. Collins) 12mo in 6's, 9.5 x 15.2cm. $150.00

William Hunter (1811-1877), Methodist Episcopal pastor, presiding elder, editor, college prof., and gospel song writer. He was born in Ireland, emigrated with family in 1817; admitted to the Pittsburgh Conference 1833; editor of the Pittsburgh Conf. Journal and Pittsburgh Christian Advocate; filled pastorates in the Pittsburgh, West Virginia and East Ohio conferences, and was elected Professor of Hebrew and Biblical Literature in Alleghany College, where he remained for 15 years. Samuel Wakefield, admitted to the Pittsburgh Conference of the Methodist Ep. Church, 1834. "This work seeks not a place in the higher departments of poetry and music. It is rather designed as a contribution to the songs of plain Christian people, who make little pretensions to highly cultivated musical and poetical taste. The simple and pathetic have been more sought for than the lofty and sublime... Although this work contains a number of hymns and tunes adapted to the congregation, and especially to prayer-meetings, class-meetings and love-feasts, and to the `altar,' in seasons of revival, yet it is mainly intended for the family and social circle. Many of the compositions do not aspire to the character of hymns, but are rather `spiritual,' or religious songs... Frequent references are made throughout the book to hymns in the `Select Melodies,' suitable to be sung to particular tunes in this work. The two works will be found adapted to each other."--Wm. Hunter in the Preface. Rowe: Meth. Union Cat., #H7299. Stanislaw: Checklist Four-Shape Shape-Note Tunebooks, #109, "Rural and urban." We offer the First Edition of this small Methodist shape-note tunebook. Bound printed paper over boards, rebacked with modern brown acid-free paper with printed paper title label on spine, worn through paper at edges, library stamp, light foxing. Early owner inscription on front flyleaf from Dec. 12, 1845. Preface signed (i.e., printed) "W. H., Pittsburgh, 1845." Musical Introduction by Wakefield.

Collation: 1-186. Pagination: 216pp. Indexes. Music in 4 shapes, mostly in 2 part but a few in 4 part harmony. Hunter wrote the words for 88 of 183 hymns in this book. Wakefield composed 78 of the 157 tunes.
Price: 150.00 USD
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8 ROOT Diapason: A Collection of Chruch Music to which are Prefixed a New
ROOT, GEORGE F., ed. The Diapason: A Collection of Church Music to which are Prefixed a New Comprehensive View of "Music and its Notation;" Exercises for Reading Music, and Vocal Training; Songs, Rounds, etc. The whole arranged and adapted for Choirs, Singing Schools, Musical Conventions and Social Gatherings. Edited by George F. Root. New York: Mason Brother, 5 & 7 Mercer Street. Boston; Crosby, Nichols, Lee & Co.; Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., and E. H. Butler & Co.; Cincinnati: W.B. Smith & Co.; Chicago, Root & Cady. (c1860) Oblong, 24.5 x 17cm. Bound leather spine with green printed paper over boards, leather heavily chipped--split along hinges, top 1 inch and bottom 2 inches of spine leather chipped away, green paper rubbed and worn through at corners and edges, lacks free endpapers, light foxing. Front paste-down endpaper with pencil caricature of bust and a woman "trotting." away from a foot kicking her--entitled "reason enthroned." Rear paste-down endpaper with music of "The Sinner Invited" pasted to it. Collation: 1-248. Pagination: 384pp. Indexes. With music. George F. Root (1820-1895) music educator, composer. In 1850 he studied in Paris with two singing teacher and upon his return to America he established in 1853 the NY Normal Institute along with Wm. Bradbury. The principal teachers at the first session were Lowell Mason, Root, Bradbury, and Thomas Hastings. Fanny Crosby was one of his pupils. "Roots success in training teachers led him to follow Mason's example in holding `musical conventions,' gatherings of teachers in various parts of the country, who came from different towns in their districts to learn the latest methods of class instruction in singing. For many years this was one of Root's principal activities, and in many ways it was his most important contribution to the musical development of America."--Dictionary of American Biography: XVI:147. 
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9 WOODBURY Cottage Glees, comprising some of the Choicest Madrigals, Quartettes,

WOODBURY, J. B. Cottage Glees, comprising some of the Choicest Madrigals, Quartettes, Solos and Opera Choruses Extant. NY, F. J. Huntington (c1853) 112pp, oblong, cloth spine with paper printed in red green & black over boards, foxing, sh wr thru paper on corners & edges, worm holes in spine, spine ends frayed & 2" crack along back edge. With music. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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