1817.070: Kentucky Harmony (2nd edition).

Published: 1817

Full Title: Kentucky harmony. Or, A choice collection of Psalm tunes, hymns, and anthems. : In three parts. : Taken from the most eminent authors, and well adapted to Christian churches, singing schools, or private societies. Selected, by Ananias Davisson. Second edition. Printed, and sold by the author, in Harrisonburg Virginia; and by one of the principal booksellers in each of the following places, viz. Newmarket, Staunton, Lexington, Fincastle, Christiansburg, and Abington, Va. Knoxville, E. Tennessee, Nashville, W. Tennessee, and Lexington Kentucky. N.B. All description of music printing can be done at this office, upon as reasonable terms as any in the United States.

Author: Davisson, Ananias (1780-1857), comp.

Place Issued: Harrisonburg

Issuing Press: Ananias Davisson

Description: 1 musical score [168 pgs.]; 13 cm. x 23 cm. (12mo).


Second edition of one of the most popular hymnals in the nineteenth-century South, with Davisson employing the shape-note form of musical notation; the first edition issued the year before (1816.084) in Harrisonburg was 20 pages shorter; it also lacked an imprint, so leaving open the question of who printed that item: Davisson or the Harrisonburg printer Lawrence Wartmann. While this edition carries an imprint clearly crediting Davisson as printer, it lacks issue date; the copyright statement on page 2, dated March 11, 1817, provides the date reported here.

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