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The Newcastle Rider, or, Ducks and Pease: to which is added The Cobler and Parson, The Kentish Parson, The [P]awn-broker in the Coal-pit and Jack Smart.
York: Printed by J. Kendrew c 1800 - with 2 woodcut tail-pieces and one illustration in the text, a bit browned, outer pages soiled and rubbed, pp. 24, 12mo, self wrappers, overstitched, sound ‘John Lund (fl. 1785), humorous poet, of Pontefract, is said to have been a barber in that town. Little else is known of his life, although a contemporary declared that his satires ‘would not disgrace the pen of a Churchill’ (Boothroyd, 495). In 1771 Lund published The mirrour: a poem, in imitation of C. Churchill, to which are added three tales, in the manner of Prior. In 1777 he published A collection of original tales in verse, in the manner of Prior; to which is added a second edition of ‘Ducks and Pease, or, The Newcastle Rider’. The story is rudimentary, being that of a rider (that is, bagman) who, when airing himself as a person of quality, is suddenly confronted by his master; but it proved extremely popular, passing through numerous editions down to 1838 and was reprinted in Richardson’s Table Book’ (ODNB). Most of these editions were published in the north of England - Newcastle, Anwick, Penrith, &c. This edition is rare: COPAC records a single copy, at Aberdeen; WorldCat adds no other, and it is not listed in ESTC.The original stitching (?if any) has been replaced. The initial letter of Pawn-broker on the title-page is missing, but this would seem to be an error rather than e defect.
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