Mar 27, 2014 - Sale 2342

Sale 2342 - Lot 480

Price Realized: $ 9,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
(MUSIC.) MINSTRELSY. MISCELLANEOUS LOT OF 26 PIECES OF ENGRAVED AND LITHOGRAPHED 19th CENTURY SHEET MUSIC. Original Christy Minstrels * White's Serenaders * Harmoneon's Carolina Melodies * Harrigan and Hart, 'Slavery Days,' Ethiopian Quadrilles by Henry Oakey * The Sable Harmonists * James Bland's Great Ethiopian Songs * The Days When I was Young by Charlie Howard * Old Black Joe, by Stephen Foster * Young Eph's Lament * Christy Minstrels' Massa's in the Cold Ground * I'd Like to See Ol' Massa's Face Again * Freedom on the Old Plantation * 'Liberty' No. 4' from Uncle's Tom's Cabin * 'Friend, said Phineas, Thee isn't wanted here' from Uncle Tom's Cabin * Uncle Tom's Religion * We are Coming Sister Mary (with a chromolithographic cover) Nicodemus Johnson by Charley Pettingill, many more. uniform folio, 3-5 pages, engraved or lithographed sheet music, many with pictorial covers showing the various performers and scenes; removed from a larger album or albums; some foxing and toning. condition varies; should be seen Vp, 1840's to 1880's

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An attractive and varied group of original engraved or lithographed sheet music by some by the top composers and performers of the day, covering a span from the 1840's to the 1880's. Most have themes relative to slavery, such as 'The Slave Ship' or 'Freedom on the Old Plantation.' Many of these covers are pictorial. Includes songs by Stephen Foster, and African American composer James Bland. In the latter part of the 19th century most middle income homes had pianos, and songs like these were immensely popular on both sides of the Mason Dixon Line.