Boston: F. Trifet, 1903. Presumed first edition first printing of this issue. Sheet Music. Format is 10.5 inches by 14 inches. Some wear and soiling, with edge tears. The music for the five songs are printed on the second and third pages. The front cover has the title and publication information. The rear cover has a list of pieces offered by F. Trifet at the time of publication. Blake was an extremely prolific composer of 19th century salon trifles, amassing several hundred opus numbers. In 1879 publishing music was added to Trifet's stamp business, with the object of furnishing music to the masses of the people in large quantities at small profits. That success attended this undertaking is shown by the fact that Trifet Editions of music and music books were not figured by hundreds or thousands, but by hundreds of thousands and millions; one book alone, Harmonized Melodies, had, in 1899, consumed two hundred and seventy-five tons of paper. Now, surviving copies are quiet scarce, The Boston Journal of Sheet Music was published by Trifet. Initially sold by subscription for $1.00 a year in the 19th Century, the annual cost was raised to $1.50 in the early 20th century. Condition: Good.
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