Lot 224: THE BUNKER HILL SONGSTER Printed Songbook Revolutionary War Battle Centennial

Early American

December 10, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, US

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Description: American Revolution
"THE BUNKER HILL SONGSTER" Celebrating That Battle
c. 1850, "THE BUNKER HILL SONGSTER," Printed Songbook, 34 pages in decorative woodblock black printed white front cover. Choice Crisp Extremey Fine.
This history oriented Printed Songbook measures 2.75" x 4.25" and commemorates the Battle of Bunker Hill (Breed's Hill) fought on June 17, 1775. Printed by "Wm. H. Murphy, Printer, Publisher, Bookseller and Stationer, No. 384 Pearl Street, New York". This song booklet "Containing National and Patriotic Songs as sung by the Principal Vocalists." Songs include; "Oh! Spare the Glorious Eagle," Written for Mr. Quayle, by Silas S. Steele, "and sung with rapturous applause." First we have seen and offered. A very neat item that looks great for display purposes.
The Battle of Bunker Hill (or more accurately Breed's Hill) was the first pitched battle of the American Revolution; while the British did take their objectives, the victory was pyrrhic - it did nothing to relieve the siege of Boston, and cost a large number of troops. Indeed, after the battle, British General Henry Clinton remarked in his diary that "A few more such victories would have surely put an end to British dominion in America."
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