Newcastle: Printed by George Angus, [1790?]. First edition? 12mo, unbound chapbook (stiched and fastened through the spine with a straight-pin), 24 pages. Illus. Title page quite browned, edges rather worn throughout; in good, sound condition. Item #16925
A chapbook history giving the context of a version of the famous ballad, already a matter of antiquarian interest, here illustrated with pleasing wood engravings. One of three known variants recorded on ESTC (this state conforming to ESTC T35315), this version noted on ESTC and Copac at the British Library, National Library of Scotland, and Edinburgh University only. (The other variants are scattered about these three institutions, with an unknown variant at Manchester.) Early owner monogram "E. M." in ink repeated numerous times across the title page.