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84 The Broadway
Chesham
Buckinghamshire
HP5 1EG
Contact Simon Beattie
Telephone 01494 784954
Mobile 07717 707575
Specialists European (Cross-)Cultural History, Music, Russia, Rare Books, Manuscripts, Ephemera
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Stand J15

RAISE A GLASS

BARNETT, John.

Here’s a Health to Merry England, the Grand National Song, written by L. Devereaux. Sung by Mr Braham, with the most enthusiastic applause … , London Mayhew & Co. Music Sellers to the Royal Family … c.1827

4to (318 × 240 mm), pp. [2], 5, [1]; with a fine large title illustration, in soft-ground etching; paper watermarked ‘1827’; first and last pages creased and dust-soiled, fore-edge a little ragged and an old paper repair to the final leaf; sometime disbound, paper guards along the gutter, leaves loose.

Note
Rare first edition: ‘Here’s a health to merry England, / Here’s a health to our Monarch and laws / Here’s a health to the mighty and brave / Who fought and have bled in her cause … Huzza Huzza to the Lion and the Rose / No Briton exists but would fight for his land / And die for the Lion and Rose’.

The title-page features Napoleonic heroes the Duke of Wellington and Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey, the Duke of Clarence (later William IV), Robert Peel (then Home Secretary), and the singer John Braham. See the cover illustration to this list.

This is a relatively early work by Barnett (1802–1890; Meyerbeer’s second cousin), though he was a published composer when still in his teens. He later earned fame with the opera The Mountain Sylph (1834).

Bibliography
COPAC locates the British Library copy only.
£300