[London]: Taylor, Printer, 93, Brick Lane, Bethnal Green, . First edition. Broadside, approx. 10 x 7.25 inches on stock falling somewhere on the fragile side between India paper and tissue paper. Small woodcut device. Two outer corners a bit ragged but text complete; short split to an old fold; a trifle toned and foxed; a very good copy of an ephemeral item. Item #18010
A rousing slip ballad attacking the fashionable elite and touting the controversial radical English attorney Edwin James (ca. 1812-1882), the Reform candidate for Parliament from Marylebone: “Edwin James will with the Tories / Will play a tidy game; / From the ‘Mother Red-cap’ in Camden Town— / Slap into Marylebone Lane. / He will send them in a jeffey / And leave them far behind; / He will spoil their peg-top trousers / And he’ll spoil their crinoline.” James was elected MP and supported Palmerston and the introduction of the ballot (alluded to in the verses here) but resigned in 1861 and emigrated to America in the wake of a financial and political scandal. With an early autograph note in ink across the head of the page, “This does not belong here — Mistake of binder. I bought this sheet in London in 1859 on the Hustings.” With a brief inscription in pencil below that, “Candidate Edwin James & Samuel Romilly (son of Sir S.).” This copy indeed rather ragged along the left edge, where it appears to have been extracted from a nonce volume.