Early Ballad Collections of James Maidment

Early Ballad Collections of James Maidment

A North Countrie Garland (1824) was described by noted collector WilliamA North Countrie Garland (1824) was described by noted collector WilliamMotherwell as making “considerable addition to our catalogue of ancient Ballads.”It was revised with a new introduction, by Edmund Goldsmid and privately printedin Edinburgh, 1891.A New Book of Old Ballads (1843) is prefaced by Mr. Maidment with, “Someof the lines may shock the fastidious, but as the volume is intended for privatecirculation, any apology for giving the different versions without castration seemsunnecessary.” It too was reprinted by Edmund Goldsmid in both 1885 and againi n 1891.in 1891.As the second title in The Heritage Collectors™ series, Mr. Maidment’stwo early pamphlets represent stones in the foundation built by a generation ofcollectors who immediately preceded, and greatly influenced, Harvard ProfessorFrancis James Child as he collated, edited, and annotated his work The English andScottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898).

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