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Title: The Singing Master; Containing No. 1. First Lessons in Singing, and the Notation of Music. No. 2. Rudiments of the Science of Harmony. No. 3. The First Class Tune Book. No. 4. The Second Class Tune Book. No. 5. The Hymn Tune Book. Third Edition; Revised and Corrected.
Description: London: Taylor & Walton, 1839-1840. [1839]. [1839]. London: Taylor & Walton, 1839-1840. [1839]. [1839]. Very good. - Octavo, 8-1/2 inches high by 5-3/8 inches wide. Three-quarter tan calf & marbled boards, with a gilt-titled leather label and raised bands between gilt rules on the spine. The covers are rubbed and scuffed with some staining to the spine. vii, [i] & 288 pages, mostly engraved music & lyrics, interleaved with the title pages to each section. Ex-library, de- acquisitioned by the "Martin's Hall Library" with their red stamp at the top of the first title page and a number mounted to the top of the front pastedown. There is some minor offsetting & foxing to the endpapers and pastedowns. The pages are slightly toned. Very good.

Third and fourth editions. Books 1, 2 and 5 are the 1839 Third editions; books 3 and 4 are the 1840 Fourth editions.

An early bookseller's leather label "The Opera Box" is discreetly mounted at the bottom of the rear pastedown.

Hickson's legendary motivational poem "Perseverance; Or Try Again", the first stanza of which opens with the lines "'Tis a lesson you should heed: / Try, try again. / If at first you don't succeed, / Try, try again" appears on page 106 of "The First Class Tune Book". The poem, or lines from that poem, were soon popularized in British & American books of the period. According to quotecounterquote: "Some sources claimed it was coined by the British-born American publisher and author Thomas H. Palmer (1822-1861). Palmer did include what he cited as a poem with those lines in a teacher's manual he published in 1840, as did several other guides for teachers published around the same time. The same 'poem' had previously been published in 1836 as the lyrics of the song 'Perseverance; Or Try Again" by William Edward Hickson, in his book The Singing Master. Hickson wrote lyrics for a number of songs during his lifetime, most famously an updated version of the British national anthem 'God Save the King.' However, his book The Singing Master reprinted the lyrics of many existing songs for children, including popular nursery rhymes that had been put to music. So, the 'Perseverance' song, with the famed motivational saying in its first verse, may simply have been recorded rather than created by Hickson."

The British educational writer William Edward Hickson (1803-1870) was the author of "Time and Faith" and editor of "The Westminster Review". He authored part of the Official Peace Version of the British National Anthem approved by the Privy Council.

RARE in commerce. Very good .

Keywords: MUSIC; EDUCATION; WILLIAM EDWARD HICKSON; NINETEENTH CENTURY; 19TH CENTURY; THE SINGING MASTER; FIRST LESSONS IN SINGING; THE NOTATION OF MUSIC; RUDIMENTS OF THE SCIENCE OF HARMONY; THE FIRST CLASS TUNE BOOK; THE SECOND CLASS TUNE BOOK; THE HYMN TUNE BOOK

Price: US$ 450.00 Seller: Blue Mountain Books & Manuscripts, Ltd.
- Book number: 34370

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