[TAYLOR, ZACHARY]. The Rough and Ready Melodist, Illustrated, O.Z. Edition. Containing a Selection of the Best Taylor and Fillmore Songs, with many Written and Arranged Expressly for this Work. New York: H. Long & Brother, 46 Ann Street, . [1-5] 6-72 pp., text illustrations. 12mo (14.5 x 10 cm), original tan pictorial wrappers in protective modern marbled wrappers. Wrappers moderately soiled. Scattered light to moderate foxing and a few stains to text. Overall very good. Rarer than it would appear; all copies checked on OCLC are electronic. With pencil signature of Daniel A. Clark on p. .
First edition. Sabin 73461. Not in usual Mexican-American War sources. Sometimes ascribed to Tudor Horton, the copyright holder.
Contains about fifty lyrics, most with tunes suggested, almost all about Taylor. Among the songs are “Rough and Ready of the Rio Grande,” “To the Buena Vista Guard,” “A Little More Grape, Captain Bragg” (two versions), and “The Battle of Buena Vista.” This was compiled to be election boosterism for the Taylor-Fillmore Whig ticket during the 1848 presidential election. Among the poets included is Lydia Sigourney, the most popular female poet of the nineteenth century.
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