Porter, Cole. 1948-49. Kiss Me, Kate A Musical Comedy Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter Book by Bella Spewack Choreography by Hanya Holm Settings & Costumes designed by Lemuel Ayers Production Staged by John C. Wilson. A collection of 16 separately-published numbers in first edition. New York: T.B. Harms.
Call no. : Music 782.14 P844 k6
Folio. Original publisher's decorative wrappers printed in red and blue.
First Edition of the first version.
16 of the 17 published songs: the song "Were Thine That Special Face" is not present.
First Editions. First performed in New York on December 30, 1948, Kiss Me Kate was one of Porter's most successful shows.
"In 1937 Porter was injured in a riding accident on Long Island, which cost him the use of his legs and required the eventual amputation of one, and caused him constant pain for the rest of his life. The demoralizing effect of this and the lack of any success with his songs for the next ten years gave rise to self-doubts and public speculation about his abilities as a songwriter. In 1948, however, he produced his masterpiece, Kiss Me, Kate; this musical play, based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, was a departure from the song-and-dance musical comedies he had written, but it included some eight songs that became immensely popular." Deane L. Root and Gerald Bordman in Grove online.
Descriptions provided by J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians
Kiss Me, Kate from The Oxford Companion to the American Musical
Cole Porter from When Broadway went to Hollywood by Ethan Mordden
Modern versions available in the Music Library
The singer's musical theatre anthology. Soprano. Volume 1 : a collection of songs from the musical stage, categorized by voice type : the selections are presented in their authentic settings, excerpted from the original vocal scores.
Include "So in love" from Kiss me, Kate.
Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard, 
Call no.: Music 783.42 S61 W v.1 anthology
Kiss me, Kate.
New York, NY : Video Artists International, 1958