New York: Charles Magnus (Branch Office, Washington D.C, circa 1863. Unbound.
Song sheet titles included in Magnus multi-color illustrated “Series No. 1.” song sheet booklets vary. This one contains:
Taking Up Quarters,
The Prisoner’s Hope (Tramp, Tramp, Tramp),
While there’s Life there’s Hope,
The Soldier’s Dream/The Soldier’s Team,
Parody of When this Cruel War is Over, and
Traitor Spare the Flag.
However, this “Series No. 1.” differs from others we have previously sold or seen in several ways:
Its paper is different. Other No. 1 series were printed on cardstock. All but one of the leaves in this group are printed on regular paper; only one is printed on cardstock.
Its binding is different. Other No. 1 series were issued as leporellos. All of the leaves are cleanly separated from each other. While they may have been separated by a previous owner, the leaf edges are sharp without fraying suggesting they were never joined in accordion fashion.
Its title page/cover is different. Other No. 1 series title pages/front covers have song sheets printed on the reverse. This one does not; it has a blank reverse.
Since the leaves are unbound, it has no rear cover. The rear covers of the leporellos contain advertising for other Magnus publications.
The leaf-size is different. The leporello panels measure approximately 5.25” x 8” which is smaller than the song sheets issued separately by Magnus. These leaves in the No. 1 series are smaller still; they measure 5.25” x 7.75”.
The reverse of the song sheets is different. The reverse of the leporello panels are blank. The reverse of the five paper song sheets in this group are scribed with light blue lines indicating they were intended to be used as writing paper. While larger separately issued Magnus song sheets often had similar writing lines, the leporello panels did not.
Perhaps this was sold as a package of stationery for soldiers using the same title page as the leporello of song sheets.
The leaves have some wear and soiling. The title page and one song sheet have neatly mended tears.
Good to Very Good. Item #009369
At the time of listiing, no other complete sets of Magnus Series No. 1 song sheets are for sale in the trade. No "Series No. 1" sets like this are held by institutions or have been sold at auction, However, OCLC shows ten examples of the leporello editions are held by institutions, and the Rare Book Hub identifies four auction sales of the leporello editions.