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Washington's Own! John Philip Sousa

Leon Robbin Gallery
April 15, 2005
June 30, 2005


Items in the Exhibition:

Signed photograph, 1898.

Inscribed together with a quotation from his most famous march, “The Stars and Stripes Forever, composed in 1897.” Sousa wears the uniform of his most famous group, the United States Marine Corps Band, which he led from 1880 to 1892. Bequest of Leon Robbin.

Signed photograph, 1916

Autographed by each of the musicians in the Actors Fund Benefit photograph. From left to right: Jerome Kern, Louis Hirsch, A. Baldwin Sloane, Rudolf Friml, Oscar Hammerstein (seated at piano), Alfred Robyn, Gustave Kerker, Hugo Felix, John Philip Sousa, Leslie Stuart, Raymond Hubbell, John Golden, Silvio Hein, and Irving Berlin. Gift of William Deviny, 1958. Manuscripts Collection.

Signed calling card, 1897

Inscribed on the verso with place (Chicago) and date, together with a quotation from his “El Capitan” march. Bequest of Leon Robbin.

The Fifth String, 1902.

Two copies of Sousa’s best-known novel. The earlier binding (with Bowen-Merrill imprint on spine) in green, the later in dark brown, with the Bobbs-Merrill imprint on the spine and signed on the front fly by Sousa in 1904. Gifts of Dr. Shirley P. Leva.

The Transit of Venus, 1920.

One of Sousa’s less well-known novels, with the remains of the original dust jacket. Gift of the Meyer family.

Pipetown Sandy, 1905.

After The Fifth String the best-known of Sousa’s novels, in a binding designed by Margaret Armstrong. Inscribed on the front free endpaper “To A. de Novellis Esq. from John Philip Sousa, 1906.” Gift of Dr. Shirley P. Leva.