John W. Beardslee. A Lyste of Sacred Hymns and Tunes, and Likewise Worldlye Songs Certain of Wh. Were Sung in ye Yere of Our Lord 1775... [caption title]. Texas, Music.
John W. Beardslee. A Lyste of Sacred Hymns and Tunes, and Likewise Worldlye Songs Certain of Wh. Were Sung in ye Yere of Our Lord 1775... [caption title]

John W. Beardslee. A Lyste of Sacred Hymns and Tunes, and Likewise Worldlye Songs Certain of Wh. Were Sung in ye Yere of Our Lord 1775... [caption title]

Dallas: Herald Printing Company, 1875. [4]pp. Small quarto bifolium. Minor wear and toning. Light foxing at top edge. About very good. Item #1603

An unrecorded, humorous program and announcement of a choral performance for "folks of ye Presbyterian persuasion." Hodijah Owenson's Singing School is advertised to perform at the Dallas Courthouse on July 20, 1875. The interior pages provide a list of members of the vocal group and a program of songs. Vaguely nonsensical instructions such as, "Undue levity and sparkinge will be mentioned from ye pulpits on ye next Lord's Day," are sprinkled throughout, with the whole piece composed in the same old-timey language. The name of the group leader leader, John W. Beardslee, heads the first page and is highlighted with delightfully illustrated woodcut initials. We were able to discover little about this company of light entertainers, but OCLC locates single copies of programs for performances by them in Brattleboro, Vermont (1874), and in New Orleans (1875), so they were clearly cohesive and popular enough to tour the country.

Price: $375.00