(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
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."