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Marston, George
SHANTIES COLLECTED BY GEORGE MARSTON [TITLE ON UPPER WRAPPER]. [C.1920]
Estimate
8001,200
LOT SOLD. 2,000 GBP
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Marston, George
SHANTIES COLLECTED BY GEORGE MARSTON [TITLE ON UPPER WRAPPER]. [C.1920]
Estimate
8001,200
LOT SOLD. 2,000 GBP
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Marston, George
SHANTIES COLLECTED BY GEORGE MARSTON [TITLE ON UPPER WRAPPER]. [C.1920]
PROOF COPY, 8vo (176 x 107mm.), [10 pp.], lithographed text and music in black with the chorus and musical notations ADDED BY THE AUTHOR IN RED INK, original sewn paper wrappers, upper cover with lithographed title, uncut, covers slightly spotted, spine splitting
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Catalogue Note

"Chanties are the working songs of the sea" (Marston, Antarctic Days, 1913). A rare and possibly unique proof copy of collected 'chanties', which is partly printed and partly in manuscript containing 11 sea shanties with music (page 6 is blank), compiled by Marston whilst a teacher at Bedales school in Petersfield (1918-22); a published edition containing 12 shanties was printed in Petersfield by H. Hornell & H. Roberts in 1921.

In Martson and Murray's Antarctic Days (1913), Marston devotes a whole chapter to "Chanties" and prints 14 with music, these being some of the favourites sung on Shackleton's Nimrod expedition (1907-09). The present pamphlet contains versions of 8 of those shanties ('Santa Anna', 'Blow the Man Down', 'Storm Along', 'Leave her, Johnnie', 'What did the blackbird sing to de crow', 'Shenandoah', 'Yankee Ship', 'Sally Brown') together with 6 others not included in Antarctic Days.

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