12 February 2009
[LINCOLN, Abraham]. DAGGETT, E.A. The Wide-Awake Vocalist; or Rail Splitters' Song Book. Words and Music for the Republican Campaign of 1860...The Best Collection...Ever Published for a Campaign... New York: E.A. Daggett, 333 Broadway, .
64pp., oblong 12mo. Music on three systems, top edge shaved, occasionally catching text. Original light pink publisher's wrappers (a bit dust-soiled). Half green morocco protective case. Bookplate of noted Lincoln collector Foreman E. Lebold.
"OLD ABE LINCOLN IS THE MAN!" A remarkably extensive political songster sold for a dime each to Republican supporters and "Wide-Awakes." The index on the back of the front wrapper lists 62 songs, including "Honest Abe of the West," "Lincoln and Hamlin the True," "We are coming to this Presidential War," "The Candidate With a Cork Leg," "Get Our De Way, You Little Giant" (mocking Stephen A. Douglas), "The People Had Five Candidates," "High Old Abe Shall Win," "Shout for the Prairie King," "Roll On the Republican Ball," "The Baltimore Convention," "Republicans: the Nation Calls You!," "We Will Vote for Old Abe Lincoln," and others. Most of the songs are scored for four voices, but a few are solos. Extra verse are provided in nearly all cases. Monaghan 91. RARE.
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