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Woodman! Spare That Tree! A Ballad, the Poetry by George P. Morris, Esq. by Whom the Song Is Dedicated to Benjamin M. Brown, Esq. The Music Composed by Henry Russell.

Sheet Music]. Russell, Henry (Music) and Morris, George P[ope] (Words)

Published by New York. Firth & Hall. –7., 1846
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7 pp. Fo. According to Dichter and to BAL, the words were copied from the New York Mirror. The cover illustration, a lithograph, portrays a country scene of a house and an old well. A man in city clothes addresses a man with an axe. A weathercock is present on the roof of the shed in the vignette. The illustration is enclosed by a border with elaborate corners. A letter from Morris (1802–1864), editor of the New York Mirror, to Russell is printed on p. 3, before the music (in earliest editions, the letter was on p. 2). The composer, Henry Russell (1812–1900) was born in England of Jewish parentage. He studied with Bellini and knew Rossini, Donizetti and Meyerbeer. To seek his fortune he moved to America from 1833 to 1841, where his income came from his concerts (piano and voice recitals), not from his immensely popular sheet music, for which he received no royalties. Among his famous works are this,"Woodman! Spare That Tree!", "The Indian Hunter", "That Old Gang of Mine", etc. He championed social causes, reform of mental asylums and temperance. He was closely associated with "The Musical Bouquet. The cover lithography was done by Anthony Fleetwood, who was also born in England ca. 1800 and was active in New York from 1827 to 1847, when he moved to Cincinnati, where he established a family dynasty of lithographers. Dichter and BAL ascribe the lithography of the earliest editions to [George] Endicott, who founded another family dynasty of lithographers, originally in Baltimore with Moses Swett, but active in New York 1831–1845. While this work is not listed specifically in Peters (America on Stone) under either Endicott or Fleetwood, Peters does call the work of Fleetwood scarce and excellent (p. 189). Endicott is similarly admired by Peters (p. 179). Originally published in 1837, this copy is dated from the publisher’s address. Mildly foxed. Else, Very Good. BAL 14543. Ewen, Pop.Am.Comp., pp.148–50. Appleton's Cycl. Am. Biog. Concise DNB. Dichter, Handbook, #1823. Groce and Walace, pp. 213 (Endicott), 230–231 (Fleetwood). Disbound. Illustrated and decorated cover. Bookseller Inventory # 10577

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Title: Woodman! Spare That Tree! A Ballad, the ...

Publisher: New York. Firth & Hall. –7.

Publication Date: 1846

Illustrator: Cover Illustrated and signed (in the stone) by Fleetwood.

Edition: Twelfth Edition.

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