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    [Humor]. A Pill to Purge State-Melancholy. Or A Collection of Excellent New Ballads. London: [A. Boulter?], 1715. Krown & Spellman retail: $650. First Edition.

    8vo. A6, B4, C-K8, L6, M2. [xii],164p. Contemporary paneled calf, banded spine, edges red, old stab holes from original paper binding?, endsheet loose with contemporary writing, some stains, small tear at top of A6 (no text loss), old owner's signature "Robert Nesbitt", but generally clean. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    A rare collection of some sixty-three ballads and poems designed to lighten the spirit. Swift noted "The Whig party are furious against the peace; and every day some ballad comes out reflecting on the Ministry on that account." It was reprinted in Farmer's collection and is sometimes found with D'urfey's collection with a similar title. A little gem of 18th century good spirits. This is the variant with the errata on p.xii. ESTC n21236. Case 288. CBEL II,192.  Not in RLIN lists NYHS copy and notes it is sometimes bound with Durfey's "Wit and Mirth," (see Lowndes 702).

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