Jul 09, 2020 - Sale 2540

Sale 2540 - Lot 318

Price Realized: $ 6,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
(MUSIC.) Mason, Lowell. Musical Exercises for Singing Schools, To Be Used in Connexion with the "Manual of the Boston Academy of Music, for Instruction in the Elements of Vocal Music." Letterpress title-page and advertisement leaf printed recto/verso, double-page introductory chart and 66 double-page plates of music scales, notation, dynamics, and lyrics. Large folio, 23x16 inches, contemporary calf-backed marbled boards, well-worn but still very much intact; foxing and staining, large tears throughout repaired at an early time with tape which has noticeably desiccated, but the book survives better than might be expected. Boston: G.W. Palmer & Co., 1838

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A monumental volume of music lessons - certainly one of the largest of its kind printed in nineteenth-century America. The huge double-page format was intended to supplant blackboard instruction, being 'printed in characters sufficiently large to be seen throughout the school-room.' America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee) by S.F. Smith appears on the final spread.

The most recent accessible market record of this 1838 edition appeared in a 1967 Midland catalog described in similar condition but still called there: "A museum piece."