Doll, Joseph. Der Leichter Unterricht In der Vocal Musik, Enthaltend, die vornehmsten Kirchen-Melodien, Die be allen Religions-Verfassangen gebräuchlich sind, auf drey Stimmen gesezt; Und mit den vornehmsten Musikalischen Stücken, von versehiedenen Dichtern und Componisten, Sament hinreichendem Unterricht versehen, singesich tet für Singschulen. Harrisburg, [PA]: Johan Wyeth, 1810. First Edition. 
Leather spine with marbled paper over cardm binding edge-worn with some loss of paper on back board. Oblong 14.25 cm (5 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches), front end paper hinge torn making the front board wobbly. Several contemporary inscriptions on the end papers, including "John Francks Book Baught [sic] in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and eleven." Title page leaf torn and lacking about a third from the right top corner. Register leaf (pp xi-xii) lacking half. XII., 108 pp. (120 pp. total). Complete, with the noted defects. Good. Hardcover.
A translation of the imprint has "Harrisburg: Printed by John Wyeth, 1810. And available from the editor and from John Wyeth, bookseller in Harrisburg: from Conrad Doll, Lancaster, and from Jacob Doll, Yorktown."
This is the earliest printed shape-note tunebook in German.
No. 1736 in Arndt & Eck, The First Century of German Language Printing in the United States of America.
"This is the earliest German shape-note tunebook in which type was used to print the notes. The shapes are those of Little and Smith, and obviously Wyeth and Doll did not attempt to hide their plagiarism since the German title is the counterpart of Little and Smith. The Easy Instructor...Doll's Book had editions in 1814 and 1821; in 1815 a second volume was issued with a similar title but different in contents." - Wolf, Lutheran Hymnody and Music published in America 1700-1850.
Joseph Doll (1736-1818), b. & d. at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, baptized soon after birth at the First Reformed Church of Lancaster. He was a clock maker and silversmith by trade, setting up his shop in York, Pa.
"The Dolls were a musical family. Jacob Doll was chorister of Christ Church of York for many years. - The Pennsylvania-German, April 1904.
"Departed this life, on Wednesday morning last, Mr. Joseph Doll, clock & watchmaker, of this borough: - A man of unoffending manners and unblemished reputation." - Harrisburg Republican, 3 July 1818.
"Joseph Doll (fl. Harrisburg, Pa., ca. 1810-1818), a singing master, brought out the earliest printed shape-note tunebook in German, naming it after Little and Smith's popular The Easy Instructor. When the German Reformed Salem Church of Harrisburg was incorporated on 3 July 1818, Doll was a trustee of the new church." - Britton & Lowens, American Sacred Music Imprints 1698-1810: A Bibliography, no. 169.
Stanislaw 55. A four-shape shaped-note tunebook.
With a signed provenance card from the collection of A. Merril Smoak, Jr., DWS.