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Stephens, Evan (1854-1930). A Primer and First Reader of Vocal Music. Salt Lake City, UT: Juvenile Instructor Office, 1883.

Music professor Evan Stephens wrote the first book in 1883. Stephens headed the music department at the University from 1883-1900 and also composed music.

Type of Publisher

Original Copyright Holder
Evan Stephens

Signatures, Pagination, Binding, and Paper
Folded [A]—E2; one leaf. [1] full title, verso with phrase ‘copyright secured’; [3] preface from author with music definitions on verso; 1-40 text; index. Full cloth binding with gold stamped title design, wood pulp paper, 16.5 cm x 12.7 cm

States and Variants
Three copies held in libraries, including Marriott Library. Reproductions for sale by Nabu Press.

Times Cited

Digital Archive



Stephens, Evan. The School and Primary Songster. Salt Lake City, UT: Coalter & Snelgrove, 1889.

The work taught the “practical reading of vocal music in public schools or classes” and “awaken[ed] the intellectual faculties.” The textbook included a teacher’s guide and an overview of using music in the classroom. As evidenced by the low number of libraries that hold a copy of the textbook (n=18), it was most likely not widely adopted outside the state.

Binding and paper: Case binding with paper-covered board and cloth spine, wood pulp paper, 13.9 cm x 17.7 cm

Signatures: folded [A]—E2; one leaf

Pagination: [1] full title with verso blank; [3] table of content, verso with author’s note; 5-106 text.

States and Variants

Three different publishers according to copies in Marriott Library collections: Coalter & Snelgrove (the examined copy), Carstensen & Ansen Company (noted in the library’s catalog record), and Daynes & Coalter which indicates it was originally in the collection of the Salt Lake Public library. All variants have the same publication year (1889). The Daynes & Coalter variant and the Carstensen & Anson variant both list the companies’ addresses as being the same as Coalter & Snelgrove (74 Main Street, Salt Lake City). Daynes & Coalter copy lists the printer as Magazine Printing Company, Salt Lake City. One variant of the Coalter & Snelgrove copy includes two title pages representing a small printing error.