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Chesham
Buckinghamshire
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Specialists European (Cross-)Cultural History, Music, Russia, Rare Books, Manuscripts, Ephemera
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Stand J15

HUNT, John.

Songs, by the late John Hunt, Organist of Hereford Cathedral. , London, Published by Cramer, Addison & Beale … [ 1843 ]

Folio (357 × 262 mm), pp. [2], 18, [2], 48; engraved title, dedication and music, letterpress preface/memoir (including two pieces of verse), list of subscribers, and contents leaf; original printed purple wrappers, sunned and a little dust-soiled, spine chipped at extremities, with a couple of snags.

Note
First edition, rare. Hunt, appointed as Organist at Hereford aged only 29 in 1835 (following the departure of S. S. Wesley), ‘died on 17 November 1842, after falling over a dinner-wagon laden with plates and glasses which had been left in a dark part of the cloisters after an audit dinner. His adopted nephew, a chorister, died three days later from the shock of his uncle’s death, and was buried in the same grave. There is a memorial to Hunt and the boy in the western window of the north choir aisle of the Cathedral. After his death a volume of his songs, with a eulogistic memoir, was published by subscription in 1843’ (Watkins Shaw, The Succession of Organists, p. 142).

The songs set texts by, among others, Burns, Herrick, and Hogg.

Bibliography
COPAC locates a single copy only, at Bodley. There is another at the British Library.
£400