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Ye Ancient Ballad of Chevy-Chase
sp;, 1850. sp;, 1850 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A fully-illustrated facsimile edition of a handwrittenversion of the Chevy-Chase ballad. Bound in cloth with gilt lettering. Includesappendix, notes, and illustrations by RJ or RT. Withfrontis and four plates. Dated from provenance. Bears S. F. Widdrington's bookplate on the front pastedown. Shallcross Fitzherbert Widdrington, formerly Jacson, b. 1826, was the nephew of author Samuel Edward Widdrington. He succeeded to the Newton Hall estate and Widdrington name in 1856, and married Cecilia, daughter of Edward J. G. Hopwood, in 1864. Direct from the Widdrington library at Newton Hall, the 18th century country house and estate in Northumberland, with a pencil shelfmark to the front free-endpaper. There are two extant English ballads known as The Ballad of Chevy-Chase, both of which narrate the same story. As ballads existed within oral tradition before being written down, other versions of this once popular song may also have existed. The ballads tell the story of a large hunting party upon a parcel of hunting land in the Cheviot Hills, hence the term, 'Chevy-Chase'. The hunt is led by Percy, the English Earl of Northumberland. The Scottish Earl of Douglas had forbidden this hunt, and interprets it as an invasion of Scotland. In response he attacks, causing a bloody battle which only 110 people survived. Condition: The binding is tight and firm. There is only slight wear to the extremities, with just slight bumping and rubbing to the hinges. Therear inner hingeis moderately strained but still holding well. Internally the pages are generally bright and clean. There is some offsetting from the bookplate. Overall the condition is very good..
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