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DICKENS, Charles.
The Loving Ballad of Lord Bateman. Illustrated by George Cruikshank.
Charles Tilt. 1839. FIRST EDITION, first issue. 12mo. Half title, front. & plates, 8pp ads. Orig. green cloth, lettered & pictorially blocked in gilt; sl. dulled. Trace of removed booklabel on leading pastedown. A good-plus copy of the scarce first issue, housed in a custom-made folding box imitating a bound volume, dark green morocco spine with green cloth sides; sl. rubbed, hinges chipped at head & tail. WITH: a well-executed hand-drawn & hand-coloured reproduction of the front cover illustration, probably done some time later in the 19thC, inserted as intended into the folding box. Cohn 243. With the word 'wine' in the fifth stanza, and pages numbered at the top centre (except in the preliminaries and notes). The fullest account of Lord Bateman and Cruikshank, Dickens, and Thackeray's participation in it remains that provided by Anne Lyon Haight, Charles Dickens Tries to Remain Anonymous: Notes on 'The Loving Ballad of Lord Bateman'. Cruikshank, like Dickens, often entertained his friends with seriocomic songs. He particularly relished a cockney variant of the popular old ballad of an English Lord who travels to the East, is imprisoned, then released by the jailer's daughter whom he promises to marry in seven years. On one occasion Cruikshank sang Lord Bateman for Dickens who urged him to publish the ballad with the tune and illustrations. Dickens assisted in polishing the ballad, altering a few words and replacing the last verse with a new one. Dickens obtained the services of his musical sister Fanny and her husband Henry Burnett to score Cruikshank's tune and mark the … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Jarndyce, The 19th Century Booksellers [London, United Kingdom]
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