Early American Sheet Music: Its Lure and Its Lore, 1768-1889

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Stephen C. Foster First Editions

The points of issue of a few of the more important Foster songs are enumerated here, through the courtesy of Fletcher Hodges, Jr., Curator of The Foster Hall Collection. For information regarding any other Stephen C. Foster first editions, it is suggested that the reader go to the nearest public library, where he will undoubtedly find a complete set of the reproductions of all Foster songs. These were reprinted through the generosity of Josiah K. Lilly of Indianapolis, founder of Foster Hall, who donated sets to all leading institutions throughout the country. If no reproductions are available, the staff of the Foster Hall Collection, which is a part of the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa., will be glad to advise the nearest place where these can be located.

A perfect copy of OPEN THY LATTICE LOVEis yet to turn up, other than the copyright deposit, although the Hall has two mutilated first editions--the "L" in the author's incorrect name "L. C. Foster" being changed to an "S" in ink.

BEAUTIFUL DREAMER. Wm. A. Pond & Co. New York. 1864

Beautiful Dreamer. "the last song ever written" By Stephen C. Foster. Composed but a few days previous to his death. Figure 3 in 6 pointed star. New-York. Published by Wm. A. Pond & Co. 547 Broadway. Boston O. Ditson & Co. Milwaukee H. N. Hempsted. Chicago Root & Cady. Pittsburgh H. Kleber & Bro. Copyright notice. 8 pp., p. 2, 7 and 8 blank, music on p. 6. Plate Mark 5922. Lower right margin p. 6: "Clayton."

First Edition Points: Cover of the third edition reads "one of the latest songs" of Stephen C. Foster. Composed a short time before his death. In some later editions the figure in the 6 pointed star appears as 3½. The name of the engraver "Stackpole" does not appear to the left of the imprint in the first and second editions. The music appears on pp. 3, 4, 5 and 6 in the first edition. In the second, the music is on pp. 2, 3, 4 and 5, with p. 6 blank.

Firth, Pond & Co. New York. 1854

Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair. 38 Cts. Nett. Written And Composed by Stephen C. Foster. At head of title: Foster's Melodies No. 26. Also lists No. 22 to 25. New York. Published by Firth, Pond & Co.


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