This is an extremely rare piece of Australian music.
Bound in: Stewart Symonds sheet music collection no.1, volume of songs and music, circa 1825-1885.
There is a possibility that this volume was also owned by Mary Miller, the binding is the same and 'Agnes' is written in the same childlike handwriting as in the Mary Miller volume.
Caption title: Australian quadrille.
Bottom right corner missing.
There is a signature at the top of the cover page 'Miss L G...'. It has been trimmed off by the binder. There is also more writing above the signature.
J. Cross, the publisher, did not usually publish music and it is possible that it was published at the request of Tempest Margaret Paul when she visited London between 1828-1831 with her family. (See AustralHarmony Graeme Skinner).
Publication information: Engraved, printed and published by J. Cross, 18 Holborn opposite Furnivals Inn. Price 1/6.
This London edition of 'Currency lasses' was probably published circa 1830. Dr Graeme Skinner believes this to be the earliest surviving piece of original music by an Australian colonist, dating to the second half of 1825. Citation: Dr Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney), "Tempest Paul and Currency Lasses", AustralHarmony (an online resource toward the history of music and musicians in colonial and early Federation Australia): http://sydney.edu.au/paradisec/australharmony/paul-tempest-currency-lasses.php. Full text available online at Internet Archive
Provenance: Stewart Symonds sheet music collection.