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A COLLECTION OF THE MOST FAVORITE COMIC SONGS - (Johnstone, Fawcett, Emery, Matt - 1812. 
London: Printed for C. Wheatstone, circa .. .. Fair. - Octavo, 9-1/4 inches high by 6-1/4 inches wide. Bound in marbled boards backed with a brown calf spine with a leather title label and gilt rules on the spine. The covers are heavily rubbed with substantial wear to the corners. The leather is splitting at the top and bottom of the front joint and the gilt title has rubbed away. Title, pages 1-40,  title, pages 41-80,  title, and pages 1-36. The second book is lacking pages 55-58 "The Bottle". Illustrated with 3 engraved title pages and engraved music with lyrics. The front hinge is cracked. An early owners name is penned at the top of the front pastedown with another owner's name penned at the top of each title page. Remnants of a red wax seal adhere to the front endpaper. Early annotations are penned in ink on the verso of the front endpaper and lyrics are penciled on the rear blank. Tears and damage to the first title page show evidence of early repair with paper & paste. An annotation on the second title page has been crudely crossed out with ink and there is a long tear to the bottom inner edge of the third title. There is some occasional soiling throughout with occasional short tears to the edges which do not affect the contents.
Three books in one volume, as issued, each with its own title page. The pagination is continuous through books one and two.
The work includes 59 (of 60) songs with engraved music & lyrics, lacking the one entitled "The Bottle".
Included among the songs are "A Tight Irish Boy", "Kittle of Coleraine", "Murphy Delany", "Sprig of Shillelah", "The Bold Dragoon", "The Corsican Fairy", "Fiddle dum dee", "Love sick Frog", "Lundun is the Devil", etc.
RARE. [WorldCat locates only the British Library copy].
[Bookseller: Blue Mountain Books & Manuscripts, Ltd.]
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