New York: Hinds & Noble Publishers, 1903. Schamberg, Morton Livingston. Hardcover. Quarto size, 116 pp., with engraved frontis and art nouveau title-page. Near Fine. Item #SB3135
A collection of songs of the University of Pennsylvania Alma Mater embellished with a lovely art deco title page by Frederick Thomas Bigger (class of '03). A mosaic of solos, male quartettes, mixed quartettes and choruses meant to capture the spirit of old Penn. Includes the earliest known three Latin songs, "Johnny Crouse" and "The Lone Fish Ball".
Illustrator, and Pennslyvania native, Morton Livingston Schamberg (1881-1918) was an American modernist painter, and among the first to explore industrial subjects. He is considered a pioneer of the Precisionism art movement, and an early experimenter in Cubism. Frederick Thomas Bigger (1881-1963) went on to become a prominent architect after graduating with his degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
___DESCRIPTION: Original full blue cloth stamped in red and gilt to upper board, binding designed by "B.K" (initials in the two lower corners), beveled boards, engraved frontis of "The Pennsylvania Girl", and a pictorial art nouveau title-page printed in red and black, 85 songs; quarto size (11" by 8.25"), 116 pp.
___CONDITION: A near fine copy, internally bright with original tissue guard to the frontis/title-page, text block is tight, except for a bit of glue residue to the gutter of the dedication page, and some minor rubbing at the edges and corners, and with an ink signature to the first endpaper: "Joseph Zook Todd, 139 Proust Smith House, Pennsylvania".
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