[Krsko, Slovenia]: Izdatel'stvo "Severnaia lira" ca. 1925. Octavo (24 × 16 cm). Single folded sheet; attractive pictorial wrapper, signed V. Rozmansky (?). Publisher's catalog to p. 4. Lightly soiled; still about very good. Item #3697
Single issue from this series of ephemeral Russian sheet music publications issued by an undocumented publisher of art songs, waltzes, arias, and other popular music genres, presumably published in the mid-1920s. Though russo- and francophone in orientation, “Severnaia lira” was apparently based in Slovenia (and possibly the publishing project of famous Russian pianist and composer Oscar Strock). The music represented ranged from Russian and Ukrainian folk tunes, to chansons and romances, to fashionable European dances, such as a “Kokain-Shimmy-fox mysterieux” and the “Tango-Maxixe.” Over 3000 separate editions were published in the series, this issue is no. 2916. Although the Kickapoo are a group of Native Americans from Michigan, the wrapper illustration features a dandy-like African American with caricature features. KVK, OCLC shows scattered issues at the University of Illinois only. Not at the Russian State or National Library.