[God Save The King]

God Save the King, Harmonized for Four Voices, adapted also for one Voice, with An Accompaniment for the Piano Forte.

London: Preston & Son. [c.1790]. Disbound upright folio. 2 facing pages (verso blank). Engraved. No PN. Price 6d. The present version begins with the words "God save great George our King." In very fine condition, verso edges reinforced with paper support.

This famous anthem's history in print has been treated extensively in several full-length books. The tune, first printed in England in 1744, was of course later used to fit the words of "America" by Samuel Francis Smith, who published his version beginning with "My Country! 'Tis of Thee," in 1831. (19782)

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