Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Company, ca. 1907. Hardcover. Oblong folio size,  pp. Very good +. Item #CNJWEM005
Utilising music to teach lessons to children, "Improving Songs" is a collaboration between married couple John Alden Carpenter (1876-1951) and Rue Winterbotham Carpenter (1876-1931). An American composer, John Carpenter created numerous modern and jazz-inspired compositions, and here he brings his talents to write children's music, alongside charming, colourful illustrations. The book includes the poems alone as well as musical notation of each song.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter yellow cloth with blue and white striped paper boards, black lettering and colour illustration on the front board, yellow endpapers, title page with brown lettering and colour illustration of children playing instruments, printed in brown throughout, with text and musical notation, colour illustrations throughout; oblong folio size (10.75" by 14"), 40 unnumbered pages.
___CONDITION: Volume is very good plus, with bright and colourful illustrations, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; boards have light soiling, overall rubbing to the edges of the boards and head and tail of the spine, corners are gently bumped, toning to the half-title page, off-setting to the pages with the poem "Good Ellen".
___CITATION: OCLC no. 1265871; OCLC lists no earlier printings of this title, therefore it is likely it is a first edition, but we cannot state that definitively.
___POSTAGE: Please note that due to the large size of this volume additional postage may apply; please inquire for details.
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