Honoluli, HI: J. H. Soper; J. M. Oat Jr. and Co, 1884. 1st. Original cloth. 15 pieces of sheet music with 14 covers. This set lists a range of 11-15 songs on the covers (the cover for the last song 'Kaiulani' is lacking). Song 14 appears as "Sikelike" on the cover list, but it appears correctly as "Likelike" above the score, which was corrected in subsequent issues. Songs 1, 2, 4, 8, and 14 have the J. H. Soper imprint; the other songs have the J. M. Oat imprint; all song covers are dated 1884. Publisher's black cloth with gilt lettered 'Mele Hawaii' to front cover. The ffep is stamped twice with 'The Hawaiian News Co.' Foxing to cover of first song; light wear to covers; cover for song 15 is missing; else near fine. "During 1884 and 1886 Honolulu bandmaster Henry Berger had a collection of sheet music published. With the excerption of 'Aloha Oe' by Princess Liliuokalani, the pieces were his own compositions. Each was published separately with an identical pictorial title cover featuring a circular vignette of Diamond Head framed by palm trees. At the right of the scene is a list of songs in the collection, with the title of the composition within underlined. At the lower left of the cover appears 'Schmidt Label & Lith. Co. San Francisco." (Forbes 3574).
(Inventory #: 17803)
Western Americana, Californiana, Americana, Travel & Exploration, General Antiquarian
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