Since 1990 Jordan Antiquarian Books has placed significant books and ephemeral materials in numerous libraries and assisted prominent collectors in assembling their collections. Much of our present inventory may be found at   

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1. (Melodeon Broadside) Bell, W.  and Co's........... Hunter, Rose and Co. Printers. 20 x 30 inches, minor moisture stain at center bottom in margin. C. 1864 - 1888. Vg cond. Established in Guelph, Canada West (Ontario) "by the brothers William and Robert Bell with a staff of three, it produced 25 four legged 'Diploma" melodeons in its first year. William Bell assumed management in 1865 and, as W. Bell and Co., opened a factory on Market Square in 1871. By 1881 nearly 200 employees produced annually over 1200 melodeons and read organs, some of which were exported as far as Australia. By 1884 (by which time the company claimed to have produced 26,000 instruments) Bell formed a partnership with his son W.J. Bell (1863-1925), Mrs. W.B. Kennedy and A.W. Alexander. The younger Bell sold the firm to an English syndicate in 1888, wt which time the name was changed to the Bell Organ and Piano Co, Ltd, and the manufacture of pianos was begun." (Internet reference)  $895.00

                                                        THE BATTLE

2. Brown, Francis H. (1818-1891) THE BATTLE. A DESCRIPTIVE FANTASIA IN THREE PARTS. PART 1 - NIGHT BEFORE BATTLE AND DREAMS OF HOME. PART 2-GRAND MARCH. PART 3- THE ATTACK AND BATTLE. Issued 1-1-1862. Cover lithograph illustration is an engraving with red text and blue border and image depicting troops assaulting fortifications during the Mexican War. 13 pgs. Dbd. Vg cond.  $195.00

 3. Dunbar, Paul Laurence and Will Marion Cook. GOOD EVENIN' A REAL NATIVE SOUTHERN NEGRO MELODY by Paul Laurence Dunbar The Negro Poet and Will Marion Cook The Negro Composer. Published by Permission of the Harry Von Tilzer Music Publishing Co. New York. Copyright in 1902. Music supplement of the N.Y. American and Journal, Sunday, March 22, 1903 - pages 5-8. 4 pgs. Dunbar was one of the first black poets to gain national recognition, and earned the acknowledgement as America's premier black poet. In 1906 at the age of thirty-three he died. Will Marion Cook was a Negro composer and violinist who used folk elements in his songs. He died in 1944. BAL 4944. Not in Blockson. Very minor wear, overall in vg cond.  $475.00


4. Epiphone Acoustics; Epiphone Electrics. Salesman sample photo catalogue with 13 original color photographs. Nashville, TN: Gibson Guitar/ Epiphone, United Music Co., Ltd.c. 1979. 28 pp (unpaginated)]. With 13 color photographs, each w/ facing product and description list, all preserved in mylar sleeves, with black paper dividers between photos and printed leaves. Black vinyl 3-ring binder, rounded corners (minor shelfwear), vg condition. First edition of this exceedingly scarce photographic salesman sample catalogue for the Epiphone guitar, banjo, and mandolin lines at the end of the 1970s. The electric guitars sections are of special interest for the Epiphone Scroll Series, and Genesis Series guitars. The Epiphone Scroll was named for the scroll on the upper bass cutout of each model, and they also had a carved edge around the top of the body (German Carve), These Japanese-made models included the Epiphone SC-350, SC-450, SC-550 and SC-11B which were manufactured by the Matsumoku Company. They were produced in walnut, natural, and ebony finishes from 1976-1979. The Genesis Series guitars were designed in 1978 by Jim Walker, one of the original builders of the early Hamer guitars, to revitalize the Epiphone line. He built the prototypes with John Montgomery, and these powerful and versatile guitars were intended to put Epiphone back on top, and the blueprints were sent to Shiro Arai for manufacturing, but the guitars were actually produced in the Pearl Drums plant in Taiwan. The Mahogany Body with carved top featured a double cutaway, and the coil tap switch which turns the humbuckers into a single coil, improving versatility over the normal Les Paul guitar. The guitars were produced in Ebony, Vine Red, and Dark Sunburst, and were produced until 1981, making them quite sought after by collectors. This catalogue also features acoustic guitars such as the A-Series, C-Series, FT-Series, and the Epiphone Preservation Series, as well as banjos and mandolins. Epiphone was founded originally in 1873 by Anastasios Stathopoulos, and began producing banjos in 1924, and its first guitars in 1928. Eventually the company was purchased in 1957 by their main rival Gibson Guitars. See: Epiphone: 140 Years, Epiphone, Performance is our Passion (2013); Epiphone Genesis lovers, the History of the Epiphone Genesis, March 30, 2010.  $675.00

5. (Negro Music) White, Clarence Cameron. BANDANNA SKETCHES (FOUR NEGRO SPIRITUALS). For Violin and Piano. The spirituals are No.1 Chant (Nobody Knows de Trouble I've Seen); No.2. Lament (I'm Troubled in Mind); No. 3. Slave Song (Many Thousand gone), No. 4. Negro Dance (Sometimes I feel like a Motherless Child). Carl Fisher, New York. 1918. 3, 3, 7 pgs. Back cover has a number of ads with photographs and music scores.  Clarence Cameron White (1880-1960) was a distinguished black composer and concert violinist, born in Clarksville, Tennessee. After attending Oberlin College, he had a prolific career as a composer, teacher, and performer of classical music. He wrote in may genres: orchestral works, chamber music, solo instrumental works, vocal music, and works for the stage - opera, ballet and incidental music. "negro Spirituals directly based upon original Afro-American Folk-Songs are to be classed among the most remarkable musical achievements of the colored race. Their originality and emotional power are truly expressive of the negro's inner life, and their nature and make-up illustrate his spiritual ideals with compelling and convincing force. The Spiritual has nothing in common with rag-time or the so-called minstrel song, but is always a fervent declaration of what the colored race looks forward to in the hereafter, the yearning for deliverance from oppression and misery, and the child-like beliefs in the truths and promises of their religious faith."  Expected fold separation, overall in vg cond. $395.00