Exeter, New Hampshire: From the Music Press of Henry Ranlet, . 4to. Oblong. 9" x 11-1/2." xxiv, 471,  pp [as issued]. Pages 49-56 bound out of order. Lightly toned, light wear, moderately foxed, pages a bit weary. Tattered rear endpaper retained. Good+ in later brown half calf and marbled boards.
Holyoke's Columbian Repository, "though not dated, was entered for copyright on Apr. 7, 1802. It was dedicated to the Essex Musical Association, contained over seven hundred tunes to fit the various meters in several hymn books then in common use and named on the title-page, and was the largest collection of tunes that had been published up to that time. Many of them were of his own composition" [DAB]. The last page lists Subscribers, in four columns. An Index is included.
The Pacific Book Auction site has a good description: "The most important compilation of American sacred music of its time. Samuel Holyoke (1762-1820) was the most prolific American composer of his era, primarily producing sacred music, but composing secular songs as well. This was the largest collection of music that had been gathered in America up to that time, containing 732 compositions, including thirty-three set pieces for three or four voices, and a few for five voices. About half the compositions are for psalms, and half for 'hymns and spiritual songs,' with lyrics and musical notation included for all. Many of the tunes were composed by Holyoke himself. He also includes psalms and hymns by Belknap, Watts, and several others. Holyoke dedicated this work to the Essex Musical Association, which he founded in 1797. He made his living chiefly in Essex County, as a teacher of singing and music. The index distinguishes between American and European composers and sources, and the final page contains a list of subscribers. A fundamental assemblage of early American religious music, and a remarkable production from the musical press of Henry Ranlet."
FIRST EDITION. AI 2421 . IX DAB 186. Sabin 32674. Item #35381