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Anonymous : The Berkshire Lady's Garland : in Four Parts
Printed for the Booksellers, Glasgow, Scotland
Circa 1840-1850. Original chapbook, once bound, with an illustration of a woman sitting with a basket on the front, no. 26 under the publisher's information. One sheet of paper folded to make 8 pages, unopened. 3 3/4 x 6 inches. Chapbooks were an early form of popular literature, originating in the 16th century and fading out of use by the mid-19th century. They were cheaply printed booklets that "chapmen" would sell door to door or at fairs to the common people. This one contains a story in verse told in four parts: Part I - Cupids Conquest over a coy Lady of five thousand a year, &c. Part II - The Lady's letter of a challenge to fight him upon refusing to wed her in a mask without knowing who she was. Part III - How they met by appointment in a Grove, where she obliged him to fight or wed her. Part IV - How they rode together in her gilded Coach to her Noble Seat or Castle, &c.. Book. Book Condition: Collectible-Very Good. Binding: No Binding
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