London: John Lane the Bodley Head Limited, 1930. First edition, limited to 750 copies. Corners lightly bumped, minor soiling. A very good, clean copy. Quarter linen over decorative cloth boards, gilt spine lettering. Folio. xxvi, , 248 pp. Printed on mould-made paper. Item #7679
Of the 93 broadside ballads in the collection printed in this volume, 28 are unique, another 31 very rare, and the remainder are confined to two, or at most three, other collections. They give a vivid picture of the popular social life of the Restoration period, comprising warnings to the transgressor, dying speeches, amusing love encounters, and many other topics treated with the broad and outspoken humour and pathos characteristic of the times.”.