Boston: Printed by the Author by J. T. Buckingham, 1806. First edition. Oblong 8vo (5.63 x 8.88 inches), original sheep spine, blue sugar paper over scaleboard, 151,  pages. Typographically printed music. Errata slip mounted to the rear pastedown. Some light staining to the rear boards, with a little loss of the pape over the scaleboard; small crack at the head of the top joint; some uniform toning to the paper stock; in all, a very good copy. Item #20836
A lovely and uncommon tune book from the Framingham farmer and singing master Belknap (1771-1815), who published his first tune collection in a pamphlet in 1797; this title, his third, “was a more pretentious work [than his previous two]. It had 152 pages, and contained many pieces that had never before been published, quite a number of which bore the names of Middlesex County towns” (Metcalf, American Writers and Compilers of Sacred Music). Britton, American Sacred Music Imprints, 87; American Imprints 9953.