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Title A Compilation of the litanies and vespers hymns and anthems as they are sung in the Catholic Church adapted to the voice or organ [electronic resource] / By Iohn Aitken[.]
Imprint Philadelphia. : [Published by John Aitken], 1787 [i.e., 1788]
Descript [7], 136, [1] p. : music ; 27 cm. (4to)
Series Early American imprints. First series ; no. 20186
Note The first collection of Catholic church music published in America. For a discussion of this work, see: Grimes, Robert R. "John Aitken and Catholic Music in Federal Philadelphia" in American music, 16:3 (1998): 289-310
All pages engraved except table of contents, at the top of which is the certificate of registration, describing the book in quarto and signed by James Biddle, Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, April 8th, 1788
John Aitken worked as a printer, music publisher, silversmith and bookseller in Philadelphia, 1784-1824. Evans, who locates no copy and gives no collation, presumably took his description from a printed title page or an advertisement. He supplies the imprint: Philadelphia: Printed for Thomas Dobson, in Second Street, between Market and Chestnut Streets, 1787. Another edition, which varies slightly in title and which is engraved in the same design, has imprint: Philadelphia, Printed and sold by John Aitken 1791
Odd numbered pages on versos
Leaf tipped in after title is a recommendation printed in English and German, signed by Rev. John Carroll and three others, and dated November 28, 1787
Evans 20186
Parsons, W. Catholic Americana, 62
Microform version available in the Readex Early American Imprints series
Electronic text and image data. [Chester, Vt. : Readex, a division of Newsbank, Inc., 2002-2004. Includes files in TIFF, GIF and PDF formats with inclusion of keyword searchable text. (Early American imprints. First series ; no. 20186)
Subject Catholic Church -- Hymns
Catholic Church -- Prayer-books and devotions
Hymnals. rbgenr
Alt Author Aitken, John, 1745 or 6-1831, comp
Carroll, John, 1735-1815
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