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Title: The London Vocalist; An Extensive and Superior Collection of Songs: Including the Most Celebrated Old, and Embracing all the New Songs of Merit, As they appear at the London Theatres, Public and Private Concerts &c. With Numerous Originals, by Moncrieff - Hudson - Beuler - Bruton - Mackey - Pest, &c. &c. Embellished with Splendid Illustrations, Drawn by Mr. Jones, and engraved by Mr. Biggs; with Whole-length Portraits engraved on Steel, from Original Drawings by Mr. Kennerley.
Description: London: Printed and Publisher by J. Duncombe..., [c. 1825]. 12mo, 181 x 105 mms., pp. [iv], iv, [3] - 74, 73 - 184, engraved frontispiece, 3 full-page engraved plates of singers (Mr. Wood, Miss Hughes, Mr. H. Phillips), 11 steel-engraved vignettes, contemporary half calf, marbled boards (rubbed), red morocco label. A good copy, with manuscript note in pencil on the recto of the front free end-paper and on the recto of the following leaf in ink (probably contemporary) a verse poem, "The Light of Other Days". This is probably not the source for the science-fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke, but the poem by Thomas Moore. The text also appears in the opera The Maid of Artois by Balfe, with words by Bunn The last page is marked "End of Volume 1," but I haven't located a text with "End of volume 2" on the last page. There were two subsequent volumes published, with the titles Popular Vocalist and Universal Songsters The works seems to have been issued in weekly or monthly numbers, with various engraved plates. As is usual with collections of this word, there is no music, only texts.

Keywords: song music literature

Price: GBP 275.00 = appr. US$ 392.70 Seller: John Price Antiquarian Books
- Book number: 7641

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