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    Clifton B Herd. [Manuscript] Ye Old Time Ballads. [California:] [T.P.I. Publishing Co.] 1907. Krown & Spellman retail: $300. 4to. [4],147pp. Original suede binding with title on front cover in ms and filled-in in color, small stain; single-sided leaves written in black ink in a cursive hand with capitals in boxes and hand colored backgrounds in blue or green, approximately 17 lines per page. 11 full-page black ink drawings, 5 large black drawings, approximately 74 smaller cuts most in colors. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Herd was a Lieutenant in the U.S.N. who lived in Pasadena and attended school at Cornell. It seems he was an active amateur tennis player.

    According to the colophon this work was "written, illustrated, and bound" by Clifton B. Herd "T.P.I?" in 1907. A previous owner found in 1974 the author living in California. He estimated the author as being in his early teens (14-16) at the time it was written. The ballads are based on pseudo-medieval tales of chivalry: "Chevy Chase; " :Sir Patrick Spens;" "The Monk of St. Mary's Aisle;" "The Fall of the Beattisons;" and :Sir Gareth and his Adventures." It is a charming manuscript and well executed.

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