This edition is undated and very rare and therefore believed to be the first and around 1890. On offer on the Internet are some original copies of the US edition (1893) and more modern reprints (1921) both by other publishers. Pages are browned and frittered on the edges. The spine is re-backed with a new printed title. Cover is spotted. Although the condition is less than Good, it is, or was a work in progress, in the sense that some of the songs have been translated into rhyming Afrikaans, possibly by the previous owner, A H Louw, but the hand writing is not the same and in fact there are 2 different hands. It would be a great pity if this work was not completed and published. The skillful translations are in neat pencil writing on some of the blank pages. In addition, there are 3 songs pasted onto 3 end papers: 2 in Afrikaans of which 1 has words by C J Langenhoven (Die Waentjie) and another in Afrikaans (Die Windjie) and the 3rd in English (Song of Safety for Children). viii pages plus 18 works, a b&w frontis and b&w illustrations thru’out the text. I am unable to trace A H Louw but believe this is a musicological treasure.
Authored by Emille Poulsson, music by Cornelia C. Roeske and illustrations by L.J. Bridgman. Undated this edition was published by Curwen & Sons of London. The size of the book is 249x12x193mm and it’s weight is 379g. Bound in Hard Cover Tan Cloth covered boards and covered in adhesive plastic without a dust jacket.