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African-American Sheet Music

Negro Melodies Sung By the Ethiopian Serenaders. The American Banjo Players.

5 pp. piece of African-American sheet music, containing the words, vocal melody, and piano accompaniment for "Lucy Neal" (spelled "Lucy Neale" inside), the cover featuring the names of eleven additional songs in the collection with the central text surrounded by twelve vignettes, one for each of the twelve available songs, featuring African-American racial stereotypes and folk figures. Folio. Pages disbound and torn along spine, some slight foxing to front cover, light soiling, scattered toning to inside, original publisher's rubber stamp to inside back cover., edgewear and light chipping along disbound edge. London (D'Almaine) n.d. (circa 1846?).

The lyrics to this beginning of this song read as follows: "I come from de Alabama, My Massa deal in Meal, And own'd a pretty yallar Gal, Her Name was Lucy Neal. She'd dance de Night long wid us, Being bery light of Heel, And dat's what make me Fell in lub, Wid my dear Lucy Neal!" Although the song "Lucy Neal" was published in multiple versions, as of January 2021 it appears that there are no North American institutional holdings of this edition.

Book ID: 51161

Price: $500.00