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Hartshorne, Charles Henry, ed. Ancient metrical tales: Printed chiefly from original sources. London: William Pickering (pr. by Thomas White), 1829. 8vo (18.8 cm, 7.4"). xxiv, 344 pp. $350.00
First edition: The "Romance of King Athelstone" and 19 other => medieval pieces including "The Cokwolds Daunce," "To All False Flattering Freemen of Cambridge," "Doctour Doubble Ale," and "Willyam and the Werwolf" (in part); the work was also issued in twelve large paper copies, but still in 8vo format. In his introduction to Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott cited the Rev. Hartshorne's collection as the source of inspiration for an incident in that novel.
Binding: Later 19th- or early 20th-century tan calf framed in double gilt and triple blind fillets with gilt- and blind-stamped corner fleurons, spine with leather title and author labels, spine compartments with gilt-tooled lyre and leaf motifs, board edges and turn-ins with gilt rolls. All edges gilt.
Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of George Edward Dimock. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
NSTC 2H10783; Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1829.8; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), p. 69. Binding as above, joints and edges rubbed. Bookplates as above. => A lovely and distinguished copy of a work highly influential in its day. (37897) Please RESHELVE This.
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