Brandard, John (illus).
London. Chappell, D'Almaine, Jullien, et al. 1840s thru 1850s.
Three-quarter leather bound volume, 13 x 10 inches, containing more than two dozen individual pieces of sheet music dating from the 1840s and 1850s. The corners of the volume are bumped; there is a 1 inch loss at bottom of leather spine; text block firmly bound. A paste-down leather label on the marble-papered front cover of the book is inscribed in gold lettering with the owner's name: Lady Julia Cornwallis. The volume contains many attractive color-lithographed covers (likely augmented with hand-coloring); a good many of these stunning covers are the work of the prolific John Brandard and were printed by the renowned firm M. & N. Hanhart. Several of the covers reflect time-toning or modest staining, but the contents, overall, are in excellent condition. This is a fine collection of mid-nineteenth century music and the attendant lithographed cover art. The volume would make an excellent addition to a library with a British sheet music emphasis. The collection of British sheet music gathered by Lady Julia Cornwallis (2 July 1844 to 1 September 1883) is an especially fine assemblage of mid-nineteenth century popular music. The composer most frequently represented in the volume is Charles D'Albert with nine titles (including the Galop celebrating the clipper ship Schomberg, in 1855 the largest vessel ever built in the UK); other composers include Louis D'Egville, Louis Jullien (the Cricket Polka and the Chimes Quadrille, both referencing works by Charles Dickens), Camille Schubert, and all six of J. T. Stone's Assortimens Quadrilles Nationales—not often seen as a complete collection. Cover art by John Brandard is found on nine different titles. The album contains eleven full-color illustrated covers; one multi-color text only cover; two black and sepia-tone covers; three black and white pictorial covers; eleven black and white text-only covers (including the six J. T. Stone compositions). Several of the covers bear the signature of Lady Cornwallis and are dated 1858. A complete list of the sheet music in the album can be had by contacting Old Imprints. Item #50927