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  • Peter Steel His Musick Book 1769., [Summerfield, John]
  • Peter Steel His Musick Book 1769., [Summerfield, John]
  • Peter Steel His Musick Book 1769., [Summerfield, John]
  • Peter Steel His Musick Book 1769., [Summerfield, John]
  • Peter Steel His Musick Book 1769., [Summerfield, John]
  • Peter Steel His Musick Book 1769., [Summerfield, John]
  • Peter Steel His Musick Book 1769., [Summerfield, John]
  • Peter Steel His Musick Book 1769., [Summerfield, John]
  • Peter Steel His Musick Book 1769., [Summerfield, John]
  • Peter Steel His Musick Book 1769., [Summerfield, John]
  • Peter Steel His Musick Book 1769., [Summerfield, John]
  • Peter Steel His Musick Book 1769., [Summerfield, John]
  • Peter Steel His Musick Book 1769., [Summerfield, John]
  • Peter Steel His Musick Book 1769., [Summerfield, John]
  • Peter Steel His Musick Book 1769., [Summerfield, John]
  • Peter Steel His Musick Book 1769., [Summerfield, John]

Author Name    [Summerfield, John]

Title   Peter Steel His Musick Book 1769.

Binding   Full Limp Calf

Book Condition   Good

Publisher   Pennsylvania 1769

Seller ID   006183

A beautiful and early Pennsylvania Fraktur-Style Illuminated Manuscript Tune Book, with calligraphy in both cursive and Gothic lettering and elaborate ornamental pen-work and watercoloring. The tunes are generally based on Scottish psalms. Oblong, 10 by 18 cm. 26 pp. Contents comprised of both lyrics and musical notation. Works of music entitled "Musick Song", "French Tune", York Tune", "London", "St. David's", "St. Marys", "New Town", "Brunswick", "The Isle of Wight", "Worcester", "Angel's Song", "Duke's Tune", "Lunenburgh", "Bella", "Dundee", "Elgine", "Martyrs", "Dublin", "Abby", "Manchester", "Cambridge", "St Anns", "Middlesex", "Humphrey's", and "Savoy". Gerneally there are only four measures of music for each of the tunes, and all that is rendered is one line of music, the basic melody. Generally the words to the music are on the left page, with the music titles and bars on the right-sided page. Besides the obvious observation that geography or place names figure importantly in the songs, the lyrics can have a sacred, political or romantic thrust to them. We do not know enough about this music to opine on how well known these tunes were at the time; however, many of the titles are referred to in Richard A. Crawford's book, "Core Repertory of Early American Psalmody". We attribute this album to John Summerfield whose name is written on the third page along with the abbreviation, "Scrip", which we interpret to mean "writer" as in "scriptorum". It is our assumption that the album was thus created for Peter Steel, as opposed to having been made by him. Both a John Summerfield and Peter Steel appear in a 1790 census of Philadelphia -- this is not to say they are the same Summerfield or Steel as here. The color palette used in this album's decoration is red, blue, yellow and black. The patterns are generally geometric, with some curlicues and swirly flourishes one sees in flamboyant eighteenth century writing, yet the overriding impression created is of a very pleasing folk art. Endpapers from The Pennsylvania Gazette, 1757, which is a dozen years prior to the handwritten dating of the manuscript, and perhaps some other contemporaneous newspaper(s), plus two cut-outs of printed music, one with a copper engraving. This is, in other words, very much a homemade album. Condition: Some page edges are tattered and otherwise somewhat rough. Leaves themselves are heavily age toned as well as having some foxing and other schmutz. The painted and ink ornamentation has suffered some fading, as have sometimes the text. The latter can be at times consequently challenging to decipher.

Price = 7500.00 USD



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