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Entries from May 2017

Illustrated Songbooks (2)

May 29th, 2017 · No Comments

The Baby’s Opera, an 1877 offering from Walter Crane, includes both decorated sheet music and full-page illustrations, all at 7 and a half inches square. This is what songbooks should look like! (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Books

The Cocktail Hour

May 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

The Cocktail Hour is now available! This classic cocktail guide from 1927 contains 224 recipes collected by Marcel Requien, and a running commentary on the proper drink (and etiquette) for every hour of the day by Lucien Farnoux-Reynaud. The bilingual edition from Corps Reviver includes the original French text, an English translation by Doug Skinner […]

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Tags: Literature

Illustrated Songbooks (1)

May 14th, 2017 · No Comments

The illustrated songbook is an appealing hybrid, now seldom seen, as fewer homes have a piano to stack them on, and fewer people read music. Many of these songbooks were meant for children, although there are plenty of examples for adults. Here’s one for the nursery: The Most Popular Mother Goose Songs, published by Hinds, […]

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Tags: Music