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Broadside]. The Doony Song. Air, When Johnny Comes Marching Home. As Sung by Matt Kelly.


Published by San Francisco, CA. T. C. Boyd. N.D. [1867], 1867
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1 p. 4 9/16" W x 8" H. A boxing broadside with San Francisco imprint, likely from 1867, celebrating the victory of the American middleweight, Tom Chandler, a Californian, over the favored English champion Dooney Harris. The celebrated victory was by knockout in the twenty-third round of the bareknuckle fight on April 13, 1867. The middleweight class first developed in the 1840's and this was likely the first middleweight class American championship fight. Chandler became known as the American Middleweight Champion. Boxing gloves were not used till 1884. Dooney Harris was shot by "Billy" Clough, who was arrested for the attack by the New York City police on April 9, 1874, at a saloon in Greenwich Village, while playing cards with his cronies. He claimed he had shot Dooney in self-defense (New York Times, April 9, 1874). Dooney Harris survived to fight again and is recorded to have fought "Denver" Ed Smith ( n e Edward Cororan) in 18845 in New York, as did Tommy Chandler. The tune of "The Doony Song" was "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", whose music and lyrics were written by Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore (under the pseudonym Louis Lambert), a great Irish-born American bandmaster and composer. It was based on a traditional Irish air, "Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye", not on a Negro Spiritual as claimed by some. Soiled. Tidal mark at lower corner. Chips from 3 margins, not encroaching on printed border. Small chip from body with small loss from left border, up to, but not involving text. Else, Good. Bookseller Inventory # 10855

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Title: Broadside]. The Doony Song. Air, When Johnny...

Publisher: San Francisco, CA. T. C. Boyd. N.D. [1867]

Publication Date: 1867

Binding: Loose sheet.

Illustrator: Printed vignette image of boxer and border composed of printer's devices.

Edition: First Edition

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