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Crawhall, Joseph.  Crawhall's chap-book chaplets. London: The Scolar Press, 1976. Large 4to (29 cm, 11.4"). [8], 27, [5], 21, [3], 25, [3], 30, [6], 27, [5], 20, [8], 15, [5], 48, [4] pp.; col. illus.
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First facsimile edition of this gathering of folksongs and ballads, redone in quirkily illustrated versions by Joseph Crawhall II (1821–96), an antiquarian, writer, and artist — who has supplied his own woodcuts. According to the preliminary note, "Crawhall's Chap Book Chaplets were originally issued uncoloured as eight separate chap-books and as a bound volume containing the eight parts. A small number of volumes were made up with the illustrations hand-coloured: there is considerable variation between copies. The present edition, printed by lithography follows a hand-coloured original." That original was published in 1883 by Field & Tuer et al.
        This bright and cheerful facsimile reproduces "The Barkeshire Lady's Garland," "The Babes in the Wood," "I Know What I Know," "Jemmy & Nancy of Yarmouth," "The Taming of a Shrew," "Blew-Cap for Me," "John & Joan," and "George Barnewel," => all with their remarkable, rambunctious, good-humored illustrations.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Publisher's quarter very light grey linen and printed paper–covered sides; small faint spot of staining at lower edge of front cover, otherwise clean and unworn. Pages age-toned (not unattractively or indeed inappropriately!). => A thoroughly delightful production in a very nice copy.  (41201)   Please RESHELVE This.


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