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COMMUCK, Thomas (A Narragansett Indian)

Published by G. Lane & C. B. Tippett, New York (1845)

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About this Item: G. Lane & C. B. Tippett, New York, 1845. Hardcover. First Edition. Oblong octavo, 114 (2) pages. Original calf-backed printed boards with leather corner tips. A collection of original songs written by a Narragansett Indian who had worked on the compilation for seven years, only having learned to sing "scientifically" two years before. Apparently the first published attempt at such a feat by a Native American and thus of extreme historical importance. According to the author in his preface, he was aware of no other "son of the forest" trying to do what he had done. The songs are harmonized by Thomas Hastings, the famous American hymn compiler and composer, perhaps best known for writing the music for "Rock of Ages," who also happened to be an albino. The approximately two hundred songs in this compilation are for the most part titled after Native American tribes, though the lyrics are more traditionally Christian reflecting Commuck's Methodist Episcopal beliefs. Very scarce! One of the earliest books to be authored by a Native American regarding Native American culture. Library perforated stamp on title page and two pages of preface, ink notation at top of first page of preface and first page of music; contents clean and crisp. Spine leather worn away, both covers neatly detached. Very Good. Seller Inventory # 017524

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