Evans, Thomas (1742-1784) and Evans, Robert Harding Evans (1778-1857)
Title Old Ballads, Historical and Narrative , with some of Modern Date Collected from Rare Copies and Manuscripts...A New Edition, Revised and Considerably Enlarged from Public and Private Collections, by his son.
Binding Leather spine with marbled boards
Book Condition Scuffing and wear to spine and boards.
Size Small octavo
Publisher London Bulwer: 1810
Seller ID 863
4 volumes. 384, 364, 364, 367 pp. Engraved frontispiece to volume one. In these volumes is a collection of ballads not found in Percy's "Reliques of Ancient Poetry". Evan's "Ballad's..." originally was published in 1777 then expanded to include others found in old manuscripts and broadsides on 1784 and published again by Evan's son on 1810. William Bulwer, the publisher, had type cast specifically for these volumes. He, with Thomas Bensley brought about the last great innovation of English typography in the age of of handwriting - the abolition of the long s. Each of these volumes has a bookplate of the noted Irish lawyer Gerald Fitzgibbons. He took up writing in later years with the book "Ireland in 1868, the Battlefield and Party Strife".
old ballads historical narrative