Place Published: Hamilton, ON
Publisher: printed by Duncan Lith. Co.
Date Published: 
Edition: Edition Not Stated
Binding: Soft Cover
Early edition. 6-5/8 x 5 inches. 4pp wrap, (3pp), i-xiii, -p.51,(2, index of songs), 64pp total. A chromolithographic soft cover wraps multi-coloured front and back pages, one side only with two staples along left side. Old fold or crease down centre of booklet, else near fine condition.
Front cover : Famous Canadian Jubilee Singers, Plantation Lullabies, What We Have We'll Hold (stylized map of a bald eagle holding an American flag in its beak and standing atop an abstract map of the United States looking south to Cuba and Porto Rico).
Back cover : Famous Canadian Jubilee Singers, Plantation Melodies, What We Have We'll Hold (stylized map of the British lion with his feet planted on Britain, Canada, India, and Australia).
Half-Title Page: Plantation Lullabies
Title Page: Songs Sung by the Famous Canadian Jubilee Singers, the Royal Paragon Male Quartette and Imperial Orchestra: Five Years' Tour of Great Britain, Three Years' Tour of United States.
A reference to the Spanish-American War indicates a publication date of 1898 or later.
"Professional ensembles were in fact active in Canada at the turn of the century, among them the Celebrated Colored Canadian Concert Co. and the Famous Canadian Jubilee Singers, the latter led by Josephus O'Banyon of Amherstburg, Ont. The Jubilee singers were a troupe of black Canadian performers who traveled extensively throughout Europe and the US during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s." quoted from the Canadian Encyclopedia on-line.
The Jubilee Singers were the first such group in Canada. "Composed primarily of black Canadian nationals, the troupe was formed in Hamilton in 1879. Having spent 5 years touring Great Britain during the 1880's, they divided the rest of their time between tours of United States and Canada." [Abbott & Seroff, “Out Of Sight”, p.176]
Near Fine. Item #8714