The Political Songster

Freeth (John)

The Political Songster

or, a Touch on the Times, on various subjects, and adapted to common tunes, the sixth edition, with additions.

Description: with an oval stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece (after the oil on wood wood panel, 1790, Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery), the engraving just a little rubbed on the upper lip, burn hole in T6 with the loss of a couple of letters on either side, pp. vxi, 200 [i.e. 224, with two extra leaves paginated 37*-40*], [12, Subscribers], 12mo, contemporary mottled sheep, sympathetically rebacked, corners worn, and consolidated

Publication Details: Birmingham: Printed by Thomas Pearson, for the Author, and sold by all the Booksellers, 1790

Notes: 'It was Freeth's custom to write songs—setting his words to popular tunes [the names of which are given]—about remarkable events in local and national news, and to sing them nightly to the company assembled at his coffee house. The habit was profitable: it crowded the place with patrons, attracted eminent visitors, and, since Freeth wrote as a determined radical and nonconformist, created a political meeting-place. The interest aroused by his songs encouraged Freeth to publish them, and the words of nearly 400 songs appeared in more than a dozen collections between 1766 and 1805; John Bask...more

Bibliography: (ESTC T98385; cf. Johnson 346 (196 pp. issue))

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Price: £1,200

Subject: Literature

Published Date: 1790

Stock Number: 65257

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