“GOD SENT HIS SINGERS UPON THE EARTH WITH SONGS OF SADNESS AND OF MIRTH…”
PALMER, John Williamson, editor. Folk Songs. New York and London: Charles Scribner and Sampson Low, Son, 1861. Quarto, contemporary full green morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and boards, patterned endpapers, all edges gilt.
Early edition of John Williamson Palmer’s selection of popular British and American lyrics, handsomely bound in elaborately gilt-tooled morocco.
This elegant volume collects folk songs ranging from anonymous madrigals and ballads to verses by such notable wordsmiths as Longfellow, Tennyson, Burns and Shakespeare. Editor John Williamson Palmer was a popular poet in his own right, perhaps best known for his work “Stonewall Jackson’s Way,” written just prior to the battle of Antietam; a copy, in fact, was found on a fallen Confederate soldier’s body after the fighting. Illustrated with numerous in-text vignettes and printed facsimile autographs. Contemporary gift inscriptions to first leaf (including a fair copy of Cantos XXX and XXXI of Byron’s “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage”), contemporary autograph letter in same hand laid in.
Scattered light foxing. Minor expert repairs to spine head and joints..