The Southern Euphrosyne and Australian miscellany : containing oriental moral tales, original anecdote, poetry and music ... / by the editor and sole proprietor I. Nathan Nathan, Isaac, 1790-1864

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Nathan, Isaac, 1790-1864
Australian literature - 19th century.; Songs with piano.; Music - Australia - Miscellanea.
  • Anthem: Psalm 117
  • Don John of Austria: overture
  • Vision of youth
  • I dare not say how much I love
  • Canst thou bid the hand its cunning forget
  • I'll go to sleep
  • Koo-ee : [music notation]
  • War-goon-da min-ya-rah
  • Ah! wy-a-boo-ka : the turtle song
  • Dital dital baloonai
  • Koorinda braia
  • United here are heart and voice.
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2018-04-15 12:47:47.0

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (1 November 1847), 1

THE SOUTHERN EUPHROSYNE, AND LADY'S MAGAZINE, will be ready for circulation the 1st of January, 1848, to contain interesting oriental moral tales, chiefly from the Hebrew, Persian, Chaldee, and Arabic; with notes, anecdotes, illustrations, original poetry, music for voice and pianoforte, &c.
AS a limited number only of this annual will be printed for this colony, those who desire to possess copies are solicited to make early application to the publishers, Messrs. W. and F. Ford, where names will be received until the 20th of December; the subscription list must then close. Form, royal quarto. Subscribers, £1; and to non-subscribers, £1 5s.

2018-12-11 11:50:05.0

A note on the dating (April 2018)

No publication year is given in the original print, and the advertisement above is the only independent documentation of its projected issue. Nevertheless, though historical bibliographic records usually gave 1847, and more recent ones 1848, as the year of publication, Catherine Mackerras (The Hebrew melodist, 108) was clearly correct in observing that it could not in fact have been finally released until early 1849. As Nathan originally advertised it above, for projected publication on 1 January 1848, he appears to have begun by imagining it as a periodical (or "annual"), entitled, as on page 1 of the surviving complete exemplars, The southern Euphrosyne, and ladies' magazine. Since the earlier pages of the completed volume do consist mainly of "oriental moral tales . . . notes, anecdotes, illustrations, original poetry, music for voice and pianoforte", much as listed in the advertisement of November 1847, it seems likely that most of these sections were already typeset by late 1847.

But having missed the 1 January 1848 publication date (perhaps partly due to insufficient interest from would-be subscribers), Nathan evidently continued adding new and more varied contents during 1848, probably largely in the sequence in which they finally appear, the most notable being in the extensive section of Australian Indigenous musical and ethnographic items in the middle of the volume (94-135). Thereafter, the final 30 or so pages includes items dateable to both early and late in the project. The latest date printed in the text, "December 30, 1847", appears in "PHENOMENA" (page 137), an account of the mass sighting in Sydney that evening of a shooting star. Just 3 pages later, however, in "RENCOUNTER" (page 140), Nathan reports "witnessing for the fifth or sixth time" a performance of the Coyne's musical drama This house to be sold, the property of the late William Shakspeare at the Royal Victoria Theatre, Sydney, that play having opened there on 15 May 1848 (with Frank Howson as Chatterton Chopkins), for a season extending into June, July, and August.

Finally, as Serle (DAB 1949) pointed out, the clearest indication of the project's completion date is the simple black-edged "card" printed, at the last possible moment, on the previously empty final page of the advertisements added at the end of the book ( ). In it, Nathan was able to record, in the nick of time, the death of his old enemy Melbourne (on 24 November 1848), noting that the volume had been "printed nearly two months" when the news was received in Sydney (on 5 April 1849). A date of early to mid March 1849 is, therefore, most likely for the completion of the printing of the volume proper, with copies probably not being disptached until mid to late April 1849 at the earliest.

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