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    Sale 1922

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 183

    [REVOLUTIONARY WAR, NEW YORK]. The Procession, with the Standard of Faction: a Cantata. [New York: s.n., 1770].

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    [REVOLUTIONARY WAR, NEW YORK]. The Procession, with the Standard of Faction: a Cantata. [New York: s.n., 1770].

    2o, 4pp., printed in one column, text arranged in alternating sections marked "Recitative" and "Air," with the tunes for the airs printed in italics. (Some browning along folds, spotting, minor marginal defects).

    "YANKEE DOODLE, ETC." A rare, sharp-tongued, long-winded verse satire by an unidentified New York loyalist poet, mocking the raising of a Liberty-pole by the local Committee of Safety to replace one that had been destroyed by British soldiers. The first Liberty-Pole was erected near City Hall Park in 1766, as part of the celebrations of the repeal of the Stamp Act. Over the next decade, it was repeatedly destroyed by soldiers of the British 16th Regiment of foot, garrisoned in Manhattan. The pole was just as frequently raised anew by the determined patriots.

    WITH SEVERAL PARTICIPANTS IDENTIFIED BY A CONTEMPORARY OWNER. On page one, the subject of the verse commencing "Bra' Johnny has often complain'd with a Sigh,..." is identified as "John Lamb" (1735-1800, the noted patriot and influential member of the Committee of Safety). On page 3, in ink, "S*** the L----r" is indentified as "Scott the Lawyer," and a footnote added in ink adds: "This is John Morin Scott, one of the chief leaders of the republican faction in New York." Among the tunes specified by the author are "Derry Down," "Thro' the Wood Laddie," and (for at least twelve stanzas) "Yankee Doodle," which had already developed a derisive quality. One example: "Oh, Glory is a pretty toy-- 'Tis that for which I bawl so, And Freedom friends, a clever thing, And Liberty is also." "Yankee Doodle," first sung in an American opera in 1767, had already acheived widespread popularity (see Fuld, World Famous Music, pp.659-660). These mocking verses were reprinted in a collection of loyalist verse believed to have been printed by Hugh Gaine (see Evans 16326). Evans 11827; Wegelin 749.


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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN