The Acquisitions Table: Our Song Birds

Our Song Birds (Chicago, IL). July 1866.

George Root was noted as a composer and as one of the largest music publishers in Chicago during the 1860s. This cute little 64-page booklet was written by Root and B.R. Hanby, and published by Root & Cady. It comprises one issue of a juvenile musical quarterly, Our Song Birds, that lasted six issues between 1866 and 1867. Each issue had its own title, with this one called “The Red Bird.” Like many pre-Fire Chicago imprints, it is quite scarce

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