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Smith, John Russell, & J.O. Halliwell-Phillipps. A catalogue of an unique collection of ancient English broadside ballads, printed entirely in the black letter. London: [Chiswick Press – C. Whittingham], 1856. 8vo (20.4 cm, 8"). vii, 141 pp. $60.00
Sole edition: A catalogue of ancient English broadside ballads compiled by J.O. Halliwell-Phillipps and "on sale" by John Russell Smith. described in the preface here as a "singular collection of original ballads . . . consist[ing] exclusively of pieces in the black-letter or old English type, nearly all of which belong, moreover, to that rarest and most interesting class, the really vernacular fugitive ballads of the common people."
An antiquarian and collector of nursery rhymes and folk tales, Halliwell-Phillipps was notorious for dismantling (and occasionally stealing) 17th-century books. Smith was a bookseller and bibliographer whose reissues of 16th- and 17th-century literature were frequently printed by Chiswick Press, the printer of this catalogue.
The titles of the ballads are given in an Old English type.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear..
NSTC 2S27419. Not in Ing. Contemporary quarter black morocco with marbled-paper sides and matching endpapers, gilt lettering to spine; rubbing to edges and spine-head. Top edge gilt. Staining and foxing, variably but usually faint or to fore-edges of leaves; gutter crack at p. 48. => A pleasant copy of a pleasingly presented catalogue. (37859) Please RESHELVE This.
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