The "Skating Polka", composed in 1861 by C.C. Smith, is a a piece of piano sheet music, delightfully lithographed and dedicated to the South Side Skating Club of Chicago among this personalized bound collection of antique sheet music from 1853-1864 belonging to Bella Stewart, Ohio. The volume was professionally bound in 1865, as noted in pencil. 37 other complete pieces of period sheet music are bound in 11" x 14" black boards with gilt lettered "Music" on its leather spine. Some pieces of music have as many as nine pages. 12 of the pieces are dated on their covers whose titles have fancy lettering. A couple covers have lithographed scenes. The other 37 titles are included in this folio: The Song of the Robin (1857); La Campanella; Serenade des Anges (1863); Shells of Ocean (1853); Sounds of Love; Shadow air; La Chatelaine; La Czarina; Etude Mazurka; Alexandra; La Gazelle; Her Bright Smile Haunts me Still; Souvenir de Bal; Danse Espagnol; Bobolink Polka (1856); Falling Leaves (1860); Mazurka de Traineaux; Rosy Dreams (1857); Bittle-It (1860); Il Bacio; The Cradle Song; Silvery Shower (1854); Les Fleurs; Twilight (1859); Les Feuilles de Automne; En Avant (Galop Militaire); Le Jour de Naissance Waltz; Gondellied; Belle Anglaise Waltz (1857) Friendship's Tie (1864); Golden Bell Schottisch (1858); Take Them, I Implore Thee; Il Desiderio; The Swiss Drover Boy; The Temple of Flowers; Slumber Polka; and Carnival de Venise. One of the pieces has an ad on the last page showing other titles available during the 1850s and '60s. Many of these have the fingerings written in pencil. (these are not easy piano!) Binding is tight. Leather spine and corners have some bumps and dings some dings. The pieces of music are complete, though some have old mends, offset from the opposite pages, some small tears, and some foxing as shown in the photos. Many are very good with no problems, surprising for this 150 year old music book that was actually used quite a bit. If you are a lover of mid 19th century music, this is a great find, as it is hard to find these volumes intact in its near entirety. Thank you for stopping by.
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