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Additional title: I opened the leaves of a book last night. [first line of song]
Lonsdale, J. J. (Lyricist)
Gabriel, Virginia (1825-1877) (Composer)
Nash, Percival B. (Cover designer)
Lonsdale, James (1777-1839 ) (Artist)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Copyright Date: 1899
Date Issued: 1901
Place: New York
Publisher: Richard A. Saalfield
Library locations
Music Division
Dead persons
Sexual attraction
Sheet music
Content: Summary: The narrator opens a book from which a dried flower drops, reminding him of his former girlfriend, now dead; the incident makes him remember her qualities.
Content: Published as the musical supplement to the New York Sunday Press. Sunday, December 1, 1901.
Content: Cover design by Percival B. Nash includes drawing of a woman in profile wearing a headscarf.
Statement of responsibility: words by J.J. Lonsdale ; music by Virginia Gabriel.
Physical Description
Extent: 4 p. ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 8302ef10-c595-012f-0979-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1899: Copyright date (Approximate)
  • 1899: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2016: Found by you!
  • 2017

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Ruby" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1899 - 1901.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Ruby" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 24, 2016.

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1899 - 1901). Ruby Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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