Handy Andy's Budget of Songs.
Handy Andy's Budget of Songs.

Handy Andy's Budget of Songs.

New York: W. H. Murphy, Circa 1846. Cardboard covers. Approximately 3" x 4.5". The cover features a humorous wood engraving of Handy Andy, the blundering servant of and English squire in a very popular bawdy, slapstick novel of the same name published in 1842. Complete with the usual irregular pagination (5-8, 200, 10-40, 67-96, 197, 98-99, 125-127, 129-133, 194-196, 221-235, 9). Title and publisher are identified on the card cover. Wood engravings throughout. Sound hinges. Large chip to front free endpaper; smaller chip to the rear free endpaper. Pages are clean and toned. Minor wear and soiling to cover; most of spine has perished. Very good. Item #008545

This songster contains over 60 minstrel, Irish, Scottish, folk, and popular songs, some well-known (e.g. Mary Blane and Auld Lang Syne) and many much less familiar.

Some of the more interesting songs are: Woodman, Spare that Tree (considered by some to be the first environmental song), Success to Oregon (a comic piece celebrating the U.S. besting of Mexico and Great Britain and annexation of Texas and Western Oregon in 1846), The Nigger's Trabel (which includes lyrics about the use of the telegraph in the Mexican War), The Night before Larry was Stretch'd (an Irish execution ballad), The illustrations include one of a minstrel playing the tamborine, a black musician and his family, a sleighride, a grotesquely caricatured black couple, and two of black men playing banjos. Rather scarce.

As of 2018 there are no examples for sale in the trade, and only two auction records showing at ABPC and the Rare Book Hub in the last 105 years. OCLC reports fourteen instituions hold copies within their collections.

Price: $150.00

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