9 June 2004
[STAR-SPANGLED BANNER, The]. [SMITH, John Stafford, composer]. The Anacreontic Song as Sung at the Crown and Anchor Tavern in the Strand, the Words by Ralph Tomlinson Esqr., late President of that Society. London: A. Blands, Oxford St. .
4to, 3pp. (p. blank, music on pp.2-4), engraved score, additional verses on p.3, obliggato parts for guitar and German flute on p.4, bound in later half dark blue morocco and marbled paper boards, gilt-lettered spine.
A VERY EARLY EDITION OF THE WORDS AND MUSIC of the song which became the American national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner." The verses "To Anacreon in Heav'n" were written for the Anacreontic Society's periodic meetings at the famous Crown & Anchor Tavern on Fleet Street) sometime between 1771 and 1776 (Tomlinson's verses, without music (see detailed notes to preceding lot). Very rare, this is only the third recorded copy. RISM S 3709 (citing 1 copy; there is now an additional copy in the British Library).
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