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The Orpheus, 1876 Antique Music Magazine , Victorian Parlor Decor Vintage Periodical

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This Antique Victorian Music Magazine, "The Orpheus", is an Original Vintage Periodical from December 1876. the perfect touch for your Victorian Parlor decor.

Presenting a beautiful Victorian era Music Periodical from 1876. "The Orpheus" was, as it says on the front cover, "A Repository of Music, Art and Literature; but mostly it was about music. There are a few brief prose pieces in the front of the issue: a short story titled "Our new Organist"; "Church Music, The Quartette"; "The Construction of the Violin"; and brief snippets of Dramatic news (the great Edwin Booth is mentioned, as the Lyceum reopened its doors with a performance of "Fool's Revenge" ... "Uncle Tom's Cabin is at The Grand Opera House, with the original Topsy .... P. T. Barnum's Greatest Show on Earth' at the Hippodrome) The rest of the journal is taken up with music. The following songs and instrumentals are featured: " Little Daisy Died This Morning", by Operti and Stoner;; "Coming Down the Stair", Ballad and Chorus, by Violetta and Moore; "Target March" by Kleber; "The Old Maid''s Prayer (a Parody), by Akswezradab; "Happy Christmas Morning! (a Christmas Carol) by Wm. A. Pond.

The last few pages are taken up with lists of sheet music and band instruments for sale by Wm. A. Pond & Co., including a handsome advertisement for The Empire Piano, displaying a great variety of fonts. The rear exterior presents an advertisement for Steinway and Sons Grand, Square and Upright Pianos (featuring the Award that Steinway had received from the United States Centennial Commission at the 1876 International Exhibition in Philadelphia.

December 1876
Published by Wm. A. Pond & Company.
547 Broadway and 39 Union Square,
New York

24 pages (volume page numbers 157 to 180)
approximately 9 1/2" x 11 3/4", illustrated gray wraps, sewn (pictorial paper covers); The front cover has a beautiful and dramatic engraving in black depicting Orpheus playing a lyre, entertaining the wild beasts.


The exterior is clean and presentable with the following noted: moderate surface abrasion, with some scuff marks left on the surface near the top edge of the front cover; bumped corners with small loss to paper; small tears and nicks around the edges; a small chip to the top front edge; spine fold is partially split (at foot); a shallow crease to bottom fore-edge corner; Interior is clean and presentable with the following noted: a small tear to the fore-edge follows through the entire issue (about a half inch in length); shallow bumps to leaf corners else clean and unmarked throughout

This is the original journal, not a facsimile or reprint.

What a fantastic Victorian relic - and and so nicely decorative. Place this on your piano - sit down to play and transport your guests into the musical past.




The Orpheus, 1876 Antique Music Magazine , Victorian Parlor Decor Vintage Periodical


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