Item #21239 A Set of Chants Adapted to the Hymns in the Morning and Evening Prayer, and to the Communion Service, of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright, compiler.

A Set of Chants Adapted to the Hymns in the Morning and Evening Prayer, and to the Communion Service, of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America.

Boston: Printed by Thomas Badger, Jun. 1819. First edition. 8vo (8.88 x 5.5 inches), early half calf, blue boards, 49, [1] pages. Free endpapers excised; rubbed, soiled, front joint cracking but holding; a good, sound copy only. Item #21239

Primarily printed music. A work from early in the career of Wainwright (1792-1854), the eventual provisional Episcopal Bishop of New York (he was then at his first post at Christ Church in Hartford, shortly to be moved to New York) and a moderately early compilation of American sacred music for Episcopal use. Wainwight’s preface acknowledges the help of Dr. G. K. Jackson for his work with the harmonies, as well as having “furnished the work with several of his own valuable compositions.” The magisterial Boston organist Jackson (1745-1822) had himself published in 1816 a collection, A choice collection of chants for four voices, with a Gloria Patri & Sanctu. Small ownership stamp of musicologist Irving Lowens at the foot of the copyright page. Lacks endpapers. Later woodcut views on acidic stock of the Episcopal Church of North Haven, Conn., 1760 mounted to each pastedown. A few early ink doodles in the text.

Price: $250.00

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