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TROTTER, JAMES M[ONROE]. Music and Some Highly Musical People. 352 pages of text, followed by 152 pages of printed music; damp-stain running through the bottom margin of some pages. Engraved portrait frontispiece. 8vo, original gilt-pictorial cloth, with title in gilt on the spine fresh and bright. inscription on the second free end-paper. Boston and New York, 1882
An inscription on the verso of the portrait reads: 'Presented by Mr. James M. Trotter to Mary E. Perkins. Dec. 3rd, 1882.' Another inscription on the previous end-paper repeats the owner's name, with yet another name, William Morgan, Jan 2nd 1883. Yet a third name of Charles A. Harrison appears on the rear end-paper. Includes original compositions by a number of little known but important African American composers, including guitarist Justin Holland, Creole Edmund Dede, and Jacob Sawyer. Many of the titles are indicative of the post Reconstruction period such as The Rays of Hope March by W F Craig, and the Welcome to the Era March by Jacob Sawyer. LCP, Negro History: 1553-1903, #205.
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