The Berry-pickers, Operetta in two acts for young people. Illustrative of incidents in country life. Written by W.H. Putnam; composed by E.H. Bailey.

Boston: White, Smith & Co., 1883.

Quarto in wrappers (26 x 18 cm.), 104 pages. FIRST & ONLY EDITION of this vocal score with piano accompaniment. An ad appearing in the March 1884 issue of the publisher’s Folio Magazine described The Berry-Pickers as a “new and original operetta in two art--, adapted to the use of young people, and designed to illustrate scenes in country life” (page 142). A later issue of the same periodical indicates “The Berry Pickers was produced for the first time entire at Union Hall, Boston, January 30, before a large and enthusiastic audience. The presentation of the operetta was a most gratifying surprise to all who witnessed it. The delight caused by many of the numbers can hardly be over-rated, and the fact that many of them were re-demanded proves the success of the work.” Adding that the “costumes can be made with very little expense” (page 113). Spine cocked; bit of spotting to upper right corner of a few leaves. Publisher’s wrappers decorated in brown, burgundy and gold; some staining, and a small chip from upper right corner. Good or better. Scarce. [OCLC locates just one copy (Brown)].

Price: $90.00