New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1886. First American edition. Frontispiece, printed in red, in each volume; cuts in text. Spines a bit darkened, corners and joints lightly rubbed. A good, clean set. Half red morocco over marbled boards. Gilt spines, top edge gilt. Two volumes, octavo. xvi, 302; xvi, 313 pp. Item #11641
Ashton (b. 1834) is the author of a number of valuable books on English popular culture, including Real Sailor-Songs (1891), A History of English Lotteries (1893), and A Righte Merrie Christmasse! (1894), all published by the Leadenhall Press. Other publications include Chap-Books of the Eighteenth Century, Social Life in the Reign of Queen Anne, and Humour, Wit, & Satire of the Seventeenth Century.