Fairburn's Everlasting Songster: Being an extensive collection of One Thousand Naval, Love, Comic, Hunting, Bacchanalian, Sentimental, Scotch and Irish Songs.
Published by J.Fairburn, 110, Minories (London), n.d. (c.1830 ?).
Edition not stated. (iv: frontis, title-page), 350pp, ix (contents), (i: 'toasts and sentiments'). A rich repository of popular verse of the time, without music. Cruikshank's frontis ("The Vicar and Moses") and decorative title-page are hand-coloured, but both these pages are rather soiled, with some foxing (see photo). Lower corners thumbed, some heavily, but pages otherwise in good order. 1854 ownership inscription on verso of frontis. 12mo, 6" x 4", in original printed boards, very scuffed and soiled, and partially covered by a piece of red calf (intact but also scuffed) with which an early owner has repaired the spine. Front board detatching internally, and pages up to p.12 are very loose. Fairburn's popular works are now very scarce.
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The Songs of England and Scotland: 2 Vols.
London: James Cochrane, 1835.
First (only known) Edition. Lyrics only, no music. 2 Vols, 7" x 4.5", green cloth, rebacked, with the original spines, lettered and decorated in gilt, laid down. Volume II is a few mm taller than Vol I.VOL. I [Songs of England and Ireland]: (lacks half title): (iv)(frontis and additional engraved title, heavily foxed), (iv)(title-page (browned) and dedication leaf), xxxix(introduction), 313pp (with occasional light soiling), (ii)adverts; VOL. II [Songs of Scotland]: (ii)half title, (iv)(frontis (soiled) and additional engraved title (soiled and damaged)), (ii)(title-page, with 1837 ownership name, and, oddly, an attempt to erase the printed "Vol II"), xxxviii(introduction), 362pp, with occasional soiling, some light foxing, and some tanning to the edges.Bindings are tight, clean, and slightly knocked. VG-. Scarce.
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Lays and Legends of the North: And other Poems and Songs, Humorous and Grave, Original and Translated.
Oliphant, Anderson, & Ferrier, Edinburgh, 1884.
First Edition. x, (ii), 280pp. Early ownership name on half-title. Contents very clean and fresh. In original binding of blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt, spine dulled, ends crimped and slightly nicked, with a short (1cm) tear at the head of the lower joint. Boards firm and quite bright. VG.
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