RODWELL, G. Herbert (1800-1852) (composer); ELLARD, Frederick (publisher)
[SHEET MUSIC] Beautiful blue violets,
Sung by Mrs. Waylett, with an Accompaniment for the Piano Forte, composed by G. Herbert Rodwell. Sydney : Published by F. Ellard, Music Seller George Street, [circa 1850]. Small folio, front wrapper with engraved decorative calligraphy (possibly by C. Ashton), original paper spine, 5 pages of music notation (arrangement for voice and piano); in fine condition.
This edition, published by Sydney’s pre-eminent music seller, Frederick Ellard, appears unrecorded. At the head of the first page of music is printed ‘Sung by Mrs. Fitzwilliam’, which means that its contents possibly differ from the only other Australian edition, also published in Sydney but by Woolcott & Clarke (between 1850 and 1852, according to the National Library of Australia). The Woolcott & Clarke edition has an engraved cover identical to Ellard’s, except for the publisher’s imprint at the foot. It is not clear which of the two editions was published first.