RSCDS publication dates

John Sturrock

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Angus

I am sure you will be inundated with replies to your query - but, as newly
retired, I have more spare time these days, so have sent this anyway. My
wife is the grand-daughter of Herbert Wiseman, whose name appears on the
front cover of Books 6 to 19, and most of the dates are taken from copies of
the Books from Dr Wiseman's home.

Bk 1 1924
Bk 2 1925
Bk 3 1926
Bk 4 1927
Bk 5 1928
Bk 6 1930
Bk 7 1931
Bk 8 1932
Bk 9 1934
Bk 10 1935
Bk 11 1936
Bk 14 1947
Bk 27 1975
Bk 28 1977

I have two early copies of the PB 1-3 and PB 4-6, though both are not,
probably, first editions. Both carry the same copyright date MCMXXX, so it
is possible, but not certain, that both were issued together in 1930.

Early copies of the other PBs carry no dates - just 'Copyright in USA'.

An important early publication I did not find in your list was ' 16 Popular
Dances ' 1952. But I did not find any errors in the dates I checked !!

Three other 'finds' : - '24 Favourite Scottish Country Dances'. This
is, effectively, the 24 most danceable dances from Bks 1 - 6. The only
clue is that the Secretary when this edition was printed was Miss Hadden.
The earliest 'Index to Scottish Dances' that I found included Bks 1 - 22,
and appears to have been printed for sale, as a Pocket Book, at Summer
School 1963. 'Scottish Country Dance Music'. Bks 8 - 14. 1954. This
is music for all the dances in those books, arranged by Winifred Matthew.

I would be very grateful for a copy of your document when complete.

Greetings to you both,

John Sturrock Xxxx.X.Xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx

>I am trying to sort out first publication dates of all the RSCDS dances,
>but over the years have given away my older copies as new editions became
>available, only to find that the original dates had no longer been
>included. The following list contains question marks for dates I cannot
>find, and I suspect that some of the leaflet (L) dates are wrong (and maybe
>one or two Pocket Book (PB) ones also by a year), i.e. not first time
>published.
>
>If anyone has original books or other reliable sources I would be most
>grateful if would you please fill in any gaps you can (and a cross check of
>any entered dates would not go amiss either!) and email the relevant part
>back to me; if there is any interest I'll be pleased to post the full list
>when completed.

>Angus Henry <xxxxxx@xxxx4.xxx.xx>

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