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RARE vintage book set 3 FIRST EDITIONS Franklin Square Song Collection 2, 4 & 8, songs/writings by famous musician and scholar J P McClaskey

RARE vintage book set 3 FIRST EDITIONS Franklin Square Song Collection 2, 4 & 8, songs/writings by famous musician and scholar J P McClaskey

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There is no other book like this one.

The Franklin Square Song Collection series is a famous one, and so I was stoked to run across these three volumes. If you're into numbers it's the perfect three, as they are volumes 2, 4, and 8 :) Not to mention in addition to their beautiful covers, volume four is a special peach/tan color, which stands out from the other two.

As they tell you on the front, the books are filled each with 200 songs and hymns, and though it is not a part of the title, each is stamped with the ornate letters and design saying "ENJOYMENT," so you know whatever you will find within will be a song that will bring you, as it has brought thousands of people over the last 125 years since its printing, joy. Impressively, each song/hymn is written with its full name on the cover in tiny, tiny script, within a box that matches the rest of the intricately illustrated design. Examples of songs from all three volumes include:

- Hunter's Farewell
- Red, Red Rose
- Golden Slumbers
- All That Glitters
- Chimes of Zurich
- The Anchor's Weighed
- "If"
- Innisfail
- Autumn Dreaming

I could go on. The titles are so magical in themselves I want to hear every song sung, but there are so many, and I have no musical talent to speak of.

Inside the pages is where the real magic is, however. There are not just the musical notes, which show the care taken at the time to create works of art in books, not just pages of lines and dots. No, that's exactly it -- in addition, what adds so much to these works is that there is text, whole paragraphs of tiny-font writings about each and every song, how to teach it, how to sing it with your body and your voice, and correctly, along with many other details, all to the point of being almost a whole book itself within a musical book.

In Volume 4 there is a song called "See the Sun's First Gleam," for instance, on page 60. At the top there is a scrunched two column piece of text that says:

"Singers, good and bad, are often troubled with an apparent stoppage in the throat, and this inconvenience seems to be at its worst just at that moment when they wish to sing. To displace or to cure this stoppage, they begin hacking and coughing ("clearing the throat" as it is called,) which proceeding, however, only makes bad worse for the time being, and finally grows into a habit, till at last such people cannot venture to open their mouths without first subjecting the throat to a series of these irritating "hacks." A good master will soon cure this complaint by refusing to continue the lesson whenever the pupil gives way to the bad habit. It is in many cases simply a nervous trick, and if the singer will accustom himself to swallow instead of coughing, whenever he feels the sensation of of the throat, it may be beneficial to gargle three or four times a day with moderately-strong salt and water, especially before singing. This does not harm the voice, and by bracing and strengthening the muscles of the throat renders them more obedient to the singer's will."

Ha! This teacher was TOUGH. He writes these instructions which have nothing to do with the song at hand throughout, so that you are learning as you sing, or as you teach, and to learn from such an astute and dignified historical figure is not only enlightening in itself, but I'm sure it is very helpful.

He continues these little digs or slights to students he may have not liked, as examples, for instance in two scrunched columns at the bottom of the song, saying things like "The body should not be kept in perfectly upright position when singing...the whole carriage disposed in a manner that would indicate to the audience a sort of desire on your part to persuade them and bring them over to your feelings and sentiments...A sitting position is a very bad one in which to practice...The advantages of this mode of practicing must be obvious; but one of the most important is, that the attention is not divided between piano and voice, while it leaves the singer free to give all his attention and care to the production of the notes which he is endeavoring to sing artistically."

Can't you imagine a somewhat snooty but genius instructor writing this book? I can -- it brings to mind the instructor from Whiplash, a movie you should see along with buying this book. Trust me. :)

The man who wrote this set also gives the history of music in his texts, speaking in the beginning of the fourth volume with no introduction or prefatory warning (I believe this is probably in some introduction in the first volume) of Italian and Spanish singers and his opinion of their abilities (and INabilities) to sing certain notes, comparing them with German and Irish singers, but then adding what a singer can do to overcome this issue he opines.

To be honest, even without my musical talent I found myself reading these volumes with a smile on my face, whether laughing at the absurdity of his snobbish outlook, or the admiring the seriousness in which he takes this craft and his role as teacher and expert.

I think anyone interested in music or history whatsoever, especially singers, would find this fascinating and should own these three rare wonders.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: Franklin Square Song Collection: Two Hundred Favorite Songs and Hymns for Schools and Homes, Nursery and Fireside (Books 2, 4, and 8)
-Author: J. P. McCaskey
-Format: Hardcover, first editions
-Condition: Nearly mint, take care with binding. Beautifully signed in script by famous professor Albert J Volland.
-Publisher: Harper & Brothers, NY
-Copyright: J. P. McCaskey 1891
-Date Published: 1891
-Provenance: Picked these up at an estate sale in Wellesley, MA this past spring 2016
-Pricing: Firstly these books are priced the way they are because of their condition -- they are old but are not falling apart, and have been preserved well to this day, unlike any other copies of the Franklin Square Song Collection books available. They are extremely old, being published in 1891, and are signed by a prominent historical figure, Professor of Science and History of Education Albert J. Volland from the University of Michigan. Holland has signed several other items including the beautiful Astronomy book listed in my shop, and was regarded as a favorite professor by many. If you'd like more information on Volland I will provide for you all that I've researched and found -- just message me! Additionally, to find other volumes of this collection is extremely difficult, though it can be done. None of the few listings are within acceptable price range however (300 dollars per book in some cases!) and none are contained in a full collection -- each are being sold separately. They are archived on the Internet in places, showing they are still being used and regarded as important today to historians and musicians, and the few cheap options of certain books are listed without pictures or information. This site is more trustworthy, and I wouldn't buy from the others, so that is why my pricing ended up being this number :) And of course, three is better than one. TMI for some of you I'm sure, but that's my pricing process! A lot goes into it, I try to be fair and take into consideration every fact I can.
There is no other book like this one.

The Franklin Square Song Collection series is a famous one, and so I was stoked to run across these three volumes. If you're into numbers it's the perfect three, as they are volumes 2, 4, and 8 :) Not to mention in addition to their beautiful covers, volume four is a special peach/tan color, which stands out from the other two.

As they tell you on the front, the books are filled each with 200 songs and hymns, and though it is not a part of the title, each is stamped with the ornate letters and design saying "ENJOYMENT," so you know whatever you will find within will be a song that will bring you, as it has brought thousands of people over the last 125 years since its printing, joy. Impressively, each song/hymn is written with its full name on the cover in tiny, tiny script, within a box that matches the rest of the intricately illustrated design. Examples of songs from all three volumes include:

- Hunter's Farewell
- Red, Red Rose
- Golden Slumbers
- All That Glitters
- Chimes of Zurich
- The Anchor's Weighed
- "If"
- Innisfail
- Autumn Dreaming

I could go on. The titles are so magical in themselves I want to hear every song sung, but there are so many, and I have no musical talent to speak of.

Inside the pages is where the real magic is, however. There are not just the musical notes, which show the care taken at the time to create works of art in books, not just pages of lines and dots. No, that's exactly it -- in addition, what adds so much to these works is that there is text, whole paragraphs of tiny-font writings about each and every song, how to teach it, how to sing it with your body and your voice, and correctly, along with many other details, all to the point of being almost a whole book itself within a musical book.

In Volume 4 there is a song called "See the Sun's First Gleam," for instance, on page 60. At the top there is a scrunched two column piece of text that says:

"Singers, good and bad, are often troubled with an apparent stoppage in the throat, and this inconvenience seems to be at its worst just at that moment when they wish to sing. To displace or to cure this stoppage, they begin hacking and coughing ("clearing the throat" as it is called,) which proceeding, however, only makes bad worse for the time being, and finally grows into a habit, till at last such people cannot venture to open their mouths without first subjecting the throat to a series of these irritating "hacks." A good master will soon cure this complaint by refusing to continue the lesson whenever the pupil gives way to the bad habit. It is in many cases simply a nervous trick, and if the singer will accustom himself to swallow instead of coughing, whenever he feels the sensation of of the throat, it may be beneficial to gargle three or four times a day with moderately-strong salt and water, especially before singing. This does not harm the voice, and by bracing and strengthening the muscles of the throat renders them more obedient to the singer's will."

Ha! This teacher was TOUGH. He writes these instructions which have nothing to do with the song at hand throughout, so that you are learning as you sing, or as you teach, and to learn from such an astute and dignified historical figure is not only enlightening in itself, but I'm sure it is very helpful.

He continues these little digs or slights to students he may have not liked, as examples, for instance in two scrunched columns at the bottom of the song, saying things like "The body should not be kept in perfectly upright position when singing...the whole carriage disposed in a manner that would indicate to the audience a sort of desire on your part to persuade them and bring them over to your feelings and sentiments...A sitting position is a very bad one in which to practice...The advantages of this mode of practicing must be obvious; but one of the most important is, that the attention is not divided between piano and voice, while it leaves the singer free to give all his attention and care to the production of the notes which he is endeavoring to sing artistically."

Can't you imagine a somewhat snooty but genius instructor writing this book? I can -- it brings to mind the instructor from Whiplash, a movie you should see along with buying this book. Trust me. :)

The man who wrote this set also gives the history of music in his texts, speaking in the beginning of the fourth volume with no introduction or prefatory warning (I believe this is probably in some introduction in the first volume) of Italian and Spanish singers and his opinion of their abilities (and INabilities) to sing certain notes, comparing them with German and Irish singers, but then adding what a singer can do to overcome this issue he opines.

To be honest, even without my musical talent I found myself reading these volumes with a smile on my face, whether laughing at the absurdity of his snobbish outlook, or the admiring the seriousness in which he takes this craft and his role as teacher and expert.

I think anyone interested in music or history whatsoever, especially singers, would find this fascinating and should own these three rare wonders.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: Franklin Square Song Collection: Two Hundred Favorite Songs and Hymns for Schools and Homes, Nursery and Fireside (Books 2, 4, and 8)
-Author: J. P. McCaskey
-Format: Hardcover, first editions
-Condition: Nearly mint, take care with binding. Beautifully signed in script by famous professor Albert J Volland.
-Publisher: Harper & Brothers, NY
-Copyright: J. P. McCaskey 1891
-Date Published: 1891
-Provenance: Picked these up at an estate sale in Wellesley, MA this past spring 2016
-Pricing: Firstly these books are priced the way they are because of their condition -- they are old but are not falling apart, and have been preserved well to this day, unlike any other copies of the Franklin Square Song Collection books available. They are extremely old, being published in 1891, and are signed by a prominent historical figure, Professor of Science and History of Education Albert J. Volland from the University of Michigan. Holland has signed several other items including the beautiful Astronomy book listed in my shop, and was regarded as a favorite professor by many. If you'd like more information on Volland I will provide for you all that I've researched and found -- just message me! Additionally, to find other volumes of this collection is extremely difficult, though it can be done. None of the few listings are within acceptable price range however (300 dollars per book in some cases!) and none are contained in a full collection -- each are being sold separately. They are archived on the Internet in places, showing they are still being used and regarded as important today to historians and musicians, and the few cheap options of certain books are listed without pictures or information. This site is more trustworthy, and I wouldn't buy from the others, so that is why my pricing ended up being this number :) And of course, three is better than one. TMI for some of you I'm sure, but that's my pricing process! A lot goes into it, I try to be fair and take into consideration every fact I can.

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
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I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
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Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

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