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Item 21 - Millard and Caroline Fillmore Catalog 583 (May 2020)

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Custom-bound book of sheet music, signed twice by Millard Fillmore in his wife's name ("Mrs. Caroline C. Fillmore"), and signed six times by his wife using her maiden name (with variations including "Caroline C. McIntosh" and "C. C. McIntosh"). Hardcover, 10.5 x 13, with quarter red leather spine and spandrels, and an inlaid red leather name panel at center gilt embossed "Mrs. Caroline C. Fillmore." Also featuring light green feather patterned paper covers. Missing spine and loosened front and back covers reinforced with binding tape. Expected wear to binding, edges, and corners. Scattered foxing, ghost printing impressions, and isolated closed tears, else very good.

The book contains: Franz Hünten's Celebrated Instructions for the Piano Forte in which the First Rudiments of Music are Clearly Explained, and the Principal Rules in the Art of Fingering (New York: Firth, Hall & Pond) unknown, but ca. 1854. It has been bound with over 40 pieces of piano sheet music arranged after Beethoven, Mozart, Strauss, and others. Caroline Fillmore's abundant finger markings throughout indicate that she dutifully played the waltzes, airs, ballads, and quick steps contained within the custom bound book. Millard Fillmore married his second wife, Caroline C. Fillmore, on February 10, 1858, five years after leaving the presidency.

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