Uncle Coffee's
Ethiopian Songster

    This is small songster contains a selection of common Minstrel lyrics from the mid-nineteenth century.  The lyrics for each song remain in the original. 

    The songster has been published to the internet in two different formats :  (1) standard and (2) booklet.  The standard, side-by-side version allows the viewer to examine each page in a sequential order.  Each printed sheet contains consecutive numbering.   The booklet version is formatted for double sided printing.  The pages do not become consecutive until printed and folded into a booklet. 

Printing Instructions for the standard version :

    The standard version requires no special instructions for printing.  It is a "what you see is what you get" document.  It's a good reference when you are looking for something in particular from the convenience of your monitor.  As a printout, it's not as good as the songster, but it works.  Click here, open the pdf document, print it.

Printing Instructions for the Booklet :

   This document has been specially formatted to print as a booklet.    This pdf booklet requires double sided printing as well as a pdf reader.  Any printer can produce double sided product.  There are sixteen pages which require eight sheets of paper.  You need to perform two printings.

    First, click on this link to open the odd pages for the pdf booklet.  Open the document and select print.   Check the print properties making certain that the print orientation is on LANDSCAPE, not portrait.  Print the first fourteen sheets.   Don't rearrange the sheets.  Reinsert the sheets into your printer making certain that :
        (1) the blank sides will be printed next,
        (2) the first page printed previously will be the first page printed in this second printing, and
        (3) the edge of the paper which exited the printer initially will now be the last edge to leave printer. 

    It sounds harder to describe than it really is.  I just scoop my first set of copies as they are printed, flip them without rearranging the individual pages so that the blank side will now be printed, and drop the stack into the paper feeder of my printer.   

    Second, click on this second link to open the even pages for the pdf booklet.  Print.  If you've done it right, you've got a two sided booklet.  I printed a booklet for myself using these two links so I know it works. - Silas

Link to middle nineteenth century music sources

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