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    [Ballads]. John Stephen Farmer, editor. Merry Songs and Ballads Prior to the Year A.D. 1800. [London]: Privately Printed for Subscribers, 1897. Krown & Spellman retail: $300. First Enlarged Edition.
    Complete in five octavo volumes. [9], 1-17(8), 18(4); [9], 1-16(8), 17(6); [10], 1-17(8), 18(7); [10], 1-18(8); [10], 1-16(8), 17(7). xviii, 280; xviii, 268; xx, 286; xx, 288; 270. Half modern cloth, paper boards, paper labels on spines. Edges untrimmed and often unopened. Both red and black inks on title page of each volume. Engraved tail pieces. Some minor rubbing and edgewear to extremities. Some light browning and foxing scattered throughout. Very good. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Farmer [1845?-1915?] was co-author of the famous Slang and Its Analogues but when that project ran into troubles he "turned his attention to publishing scholarly pot-boilers, first a collection of bawdy folksongs in English entitled Merry, Facetious, and Witty Songs and Ballads (1895), enlarged to five volumes in 1897; then a collection of slang songs, Musa Pedestris (1896); and finally an English translation of the erotic French dictionaries... Famer to add, at the end of each volume of this work, a bonne-bouche of authentic texts from the original edition of the Merry Muses." [Legman, Horn Book]. Rose 1679.    

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