The History of American Music by Louis C. Elson; with twelve full-page photogravures and one hundred and two illustraions in the text. Louis C. Elson.
The History of American Music by Louis C. Elson; with twelve full-page photogravures and one hundred and two illustraions in the text
The History of American Music by Louis C. Elson; with twelve full-page photogravures and one hundred and two illustraions in the text
The History of American Music by Louis C. Elson; with twelve full-page photogravures and one hundred and two illustraions in the text

The History of American Music by Louis C. Elson; with twelve full-page photogravures and one hundred and two illustraions in the text

New York: Macmillan Co., 1904. Hardcover. xiii, [1], 380, [2] p., frontispiece and 11 leaves of plates: music, portraits, illustrations; 26 cm. Red cloth with gilt-stamped spine and cover titles, and gilt-stamped cover illustration of music. Top page edges gilt. Title page in red and black. Part of the publisher's series The History of American Art edited by John C. Van Dyke. Plates are tissue-guarded with red caption on the tissue guards. Many unopened pages. First Edition. Armorial bookplate on front fixed endpaper of Charles Fry with motto "Fidelitas." Program from a lecture at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Jan. 12, 1920, tipped on to front free endpaper. The lecture was "A Century of Grand Opera in Philadelphia" by John Curtis; it was illustrated by selections from eight operas with Curtis at the piano. The third selection was the tenor aria from the opera Leonora by William H. Fry, described in this book as "the earliest American composer of real prominence." William Henry Fry (1813-1864) was born in Philadelphia and had four brothers. His brother Charles Stewart Fry died in 1843 at the age of only 22, and William Fry himself does not appear to have married. The bookplate probably belonged to the composer's nephew Charles Fry (1850-1910), son of Joseph Reese Fry. The program may have been added by one of his sons, John or Charles, Jr. In Very Good+ Condition: spine slightly darkened; cover is very lightly soiled; text and plates are clean and bright. Very Good +. Item #004734

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