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[RITSON, Joseph]. Pieces of Ancient Popular Poetry; from authentic manuscripts and old printed copies.

London. Printed by C. Clarke, for T. and J. Egerton, 1791. First edition.
8vo. xiv, [2], 152pp. With a half-title. Contemporary calf, gilt, marbled edges. Rubbed, with some loss to head of spine. Marbled endpapers, occasional spots of light soiling. Inscribed in ink to verso of FFEP; 'W. Williams Wynn'.
An anthology edited by antiquary Joseph Ritson (1757-1803), specialist in the history of old English texts, songs and ballads and perhaps best known for his collection of the Robin Hood canon (London, 1795).

From the library of Tory politician Sir Watkin Williams Wynn (1772-1840), the brother of politician and correspondent of poet Robert Southey, Charles (1775-1850).
ESTC T149587.
£ 125.00 Antiquates Ref: 13444