Boston: Printed by Thomas Badger, Jr., No. 10, Merchants’s Hall, 1823. First edition. Contemporary half calf, marbled boards, 10.63 x 9.13 inches, 152 pages. Printed music throughout. Spine and corners rubbed; some light but persistent damp-staining; a very good copy. Item #19930
An attempt by the singing-school teacher (and penmanship instructor) Gould to “furnish the Public with a volume of Music, calculated for the convenience of individuals, families and social singing societies. A great proportion of the Music has never been printed before in this country, and is not to be obtained, except it be on sheets, or interspersed in expensive volumes of European Music. . . . As the Selection has been made from numerous volumes—also from engravings and manuscript; it is possible there might have been some errors in the copies from which the music ws taken, and probably many have occurred in the printing of this volume—it is expected the candid will forgive them if they are not too numerous.”.