Aikin, J. B. The Christian Minstrel: A New System of Musical Notation; with a collection of Psalm Tunes, Anthems, and Chants, selected from the Most Popular Works in Europe and America. Designed for the use of Churches, Singing-Schools, and Societies. Philadelphia: T. K. Collins, ca. 1850. 
Lacks the title page, title taken from cover, back cover recommendations dated 1846. Leather spine with printed paper over card, covers quite worn with some loss of paper, firmly attached. Oblong 15 cm (6 x 9 3/4 inches), several names, scribbles, markings on the end papers, including one of a large cent piece. DEFECTIVE: lacking title page, 2 leaves, and rear free end papers. Pages run (3)-230, 235-416. Fair. Hardcover.
Seven-shape shape-note system.
With a signed provenance card from the collection of A. Merril Smoak, Jr., DWS.