1880's/1890's banjo sheet music "in da house"

I nicked a box full of crumbly old sheet music offa ebay a week or so ago. Paid about $0.80 ea with shipping. See attached list for the titles, etc.

All of this stuff is American, pre 1900 and in A notation. Amazingly, not many duplicates (whew!) for me. Sure, some obvious ones like Darkey's Awakening, On The Mill Dam, Queen of the Forest, etc. However, there are a couple of previously unknown publishers (two female!) and nearly the entire output of a previously unknown (to me) New Orleans publisher. Some great cover artwork too.

There are several copies of "Gatcomb's Banjo & Guitar Gazette" in there as well, oddly there are 3 copies of Volume 1, No. 1 (Sept. 1887) and a couple of copies of another issue, four or five complete gazettes. Standard lightweight stuff there, 8 pages, some advertisements, 3 or 4 tunes and some letters from the gang. Much like Stewart's Journal except much shorter.

Standard drill on this stuff. It goes into the que for pix when I get around to it. If you see any title you'd like me to pull out and take a pic for you, let me know. Some I've already pulled out, I know Joel will want the Dobson thimble piece "Fantasia", for instance.



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Comment by thereallyniceman on August 8, 2012 at 17:27

Quite a find and quite a list. When you do eventually get around to photographing them I will be pleased to create an "A" Tuning category to the Music Library if you wish to add them. I know that there are several people who have asked about the early American tuned pieced (Joel included).

If I can help in any way Marc, just let me know.


Comment by Trapdoor2 on August 8, 2012 at 19:04

Can you convince Miz Diane that I need to retire immediately, if not sooner?

Comment by thereallyniceman on August 13, 2012 at 12:48

No problem Marc. Tell her that thereallyniceman says it is OK for you to retire immediately as you will be busy on the banjo. If she worries about the money just tell her that you have found her a part time job..

 I am sure it will all be fine ;-)

Comment by Mickey Charles on September 15, 2012 at 14:07

Terrific purchase!

Comment by Hal Allert on November 13, 2012 at 2:29

Marc, I would be interested in getting copies of all the banjeaurine tunes when you get around to it.

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