Publisher: Honolulu: J. H. Soper [&] The Hawaiian News Co., 1884-1888.
Bibliographical References: Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography, 3574.
Condition: Velvet a little worn; the gilt lettering on the upper board partially gone; in very good condition.
Book ID: 26676
DescriptionFolio, original dark red velvet over flexible boards, gilt lettering on the upper board. 18 pieces of sheet music, each with an almost identical lithographed cover-title. 16 of the pieces are three pages each; two are five and seven pages.
CommentsA fine collection of 18 Hawaiian songs, 17 of which are original compositions by Henry Berger (1844-1929), conductor of the Royal Hawaiian Band. Berger moved to Honolulu from his native Prussia in 1872 to be the conductor for King Kamehameha V. He remained in Hawaii and became an important scholar of traditional Hawaiian music, as well as a popular performer. In 1884 J. H. Soper began publishing Berger’s songs in this format; later imprints, using the same lithographed cover-title, bore the imprint of the Hawaiian News Co. Bound collections are found with varying numbers of songs, most commonly 18 or 24. Wikipedia notes that Berger was mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson's story "The Bottle Imp," published in Island Nights' Entertainments (1893).