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The Negro Forget-Me-Not Songster, the Only Work Published, Containing all the Negro Songs, That Have Ever Appeared.
The Negro Forget-Me-Not Songster, the Only Work Published, Containing all the Negro Songs, That Have Ever Appeared.
The Negro Forget-Me-Not Songster, the Only Work Published, Containing all the Negro Songs, That Have Ever Appeared.
The Negro Forget-Me-Not Songster, the Only Work Published, Containing all the Negro Songs, That Have Ever Appeared.
The Negro Forget-Me-Not Songster, the Only Work Published, Containing all the Negro Songs, That Have Ever Appeared.
The Negro Forget-Me-Not Songster, the Only Work Published, Containing all the Negro Songs, That Have Ever Appeared.
The Negro Forget-Me-Not Songster, the Only Work Published, Containing all the Negro Songs, That Have Ever Appeared.

The Negro Forget-Me-Not Songster, the Only Work Published, Containing all the Negro Songs, That Have Ever Appeared.

“A favoruite sheep bone melody…”


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Among antebellum Blackface minstrelsy songsters, this edition stands out as one of the rare few featuring both a frontispiece and caricature illustration cuts throughout its text.

The tunes, presented as being in “Black” dialect, are divided into two sections: “Popular Songs” (pp5–114 and “Nigga Songs” (pp115–250). Song titles include “De Original Jim Crow Sung by the Celebrated Tom Rice,” “De New York Nigga,” “Jim Along Josey,” “ Bowery Gals,” “The Charleston Gals,”  “Ching a Ring Chaw,” and “Philisee Charcoal: A Niggeretto Ballad sung with great applause by all colored hands.”

Per the dual imprint addresses on the title page, Turner and Fisher were in Philadelphia (1842–1849) and New York (1849–1860), dating this edition to 1849. Very scarce.


Description: The Negro Forget-Me-Not Songster, the Only Work Published, Containing all the Negro Songs, That Have Ever Appeared.

[Spine title: “Nigga Forget Me-Not Songster”.] Philadelphia [and] New York: Turner & Fisher, [1849]. 12mo. Frontispiece, 256, [2] pp. Publisher’s decorated cloth. Binding worn; rear board dampstained and waved; dampstaining throughout; one leaf with text loss costing affecting 20 or so lines; good.

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Price: $850.00