[Carr, Joseph. (1739 - 1819)]
The Celebrated Bath Waltz
Baltimore: Carrs. [Ca. 1800].
1 pp. Engraved. Edge wear, foxing, else in fine condition. 9.5 x 13.5 (24.1 x 34.2 cm.). An anonymous arrangement of the popular English country dance tune, possibly by the publisher himself.
Joseph Carr was born in London and descended from a long line of publisher-merchants, he was a skilled engraver. He kept a retail shop in Holborn from about 1770 until he immigrated to Baltimore, Maryland in February 1794, where he established a similar business. He formed a business partnership with his son Benjamin, and together they dominated the American music publishing industry until about 1800, becoming one of the most influential publishers in the early history of the United States. The Carrs published stage works, vocal music, keyboard pieces, and instrumental music. While much of the music was originally from Europe, especially the British Isles, there were also many published works by important early American composers, such as Alexander Reinagle and James Hewitt.