Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music, 1816 4-shape shape-note tunebook
Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music, 1816 4-shape shape-note tunebook
Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music, 1816 4-shape shape-note tunebook
Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music, 1816 4-shape shape-note tunebook

Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music, 1816 4-shape shape-note tunebook

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Wyeth, John. Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music. Selected from the most Eminent and Approved Authors in that Science, for the use of Christian Churches of Every Denomination, Singing-Schools & Private Societies. Together with a plain and concise Introduction to the Grounds of Music, and Rules for Learners. Harrisburgh, Penn.: Printed (typographically) at Harrisburgh, Penn. by John Wyeth, and sold by him, and by Wm. W. Woodward, Bookseller.., 1816. Fourth Edition. [8786]

Leather spine with old crude hand-sewn repairs, plain paper over card, scuffed and stained. Oblong 13.5 cm (5 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches), contemporary signature of Charles Miley & a modern ink name stamp on the end papers, large stain on the ffep; arc of blue ink on the title page; ink stain in the top margin first 20 leaves, affecting some text; leaf 51-52 with long tear in bottom margin, affecting bottom edge of the stanza. 132 pp., text complete. Lacks the rear free end papers. Good. Hardcover.

An earlier date for Stanislaw 299. "Widely copied by the German four-shape book compilers."

Britton, Lowens & Crawford, American Sacred Music Imprints 1698-1810, no. 541. "129 compositions, incl. 5 anthems & 3 set pieces, for 4 voices, some for 3 & a few for 2; full text."

With a signed provenance card from the collection of A. Merril Smoak, Jr., DWS.