Mountain and Stream Songs of the Virginias

Nashville: Publishing House of the M.E. Church, 1918. First Edition. Inscribed on front endpaper: "To my friends Rev & Mrs. L.S. Rudisill / with compliments of the author," signed, undated but apparently contemporary with publication. First printing. 12mo. Red cloth hardcover, titled in gilt on front cover; 91pp; frontispiece portrait and one inserted photographic plate (halftone). Clean, tight and unmarked; Near Fine.

Lyrics, not all on religious themes, by this Lewisburg, West Virginia native, many with West Virginia and southwest Virginia settings. Joseph R. Cole's History of Greenbrier County, West Virginia (1917) identifies Murrill as a current resident of that county, having been "for several years in the active ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church, South, but at present a farmer...connected with a list of very prominent ancestors, mostly of Colonial and Revolutionary stock of old Virginia." Cole's book prints the entirety of Murrill's poem "The Greenbrier River," also collected in the current volume.

Price: $50.00

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