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BRAND, John (1744--1806)
Observations on popular antiquities: chiefly illustrating the origin of our vulgar customs, ceremonies, and superstitions. By John Brand, M.A. ... Arranged and revised, with additions, by Henry Ellis, F.R.S. Sec. S.A. ... Vol. I (II).
London: printed for F.C. and J. Rivington; Wilkie and Robinson; John Walker; R. Lea; White, Cochrane and Co.; Cadell and Davies; Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown; J. and A. Arch; John Richardson; W. Stewart; R. Baldwin; Cradock and Joy; J. Faulder; and J. Johnson and Co., 1813.
2 vols ; 26.7 cm. (4º)
I: xxvi, 486 p.
II: xi, [1], 731, [1] p.

On the half-title versos and colophons: 'Printed by Nichols, Son, and Bentley ...'. Originally published Newcastle, 1777 including 'the whole of Mr. Bourne's Antiquitates Vulgares'. Henry Bourne's Antiquitates vulgares was first published in 1725; Brand expanded and revised the earlier work, and planned a more systemically arranged and expanded second edition, but died before this could be completed, and the work was undertaken by the antiquary Henry Ellis, at the time keeper of manuscripts in the British Museum. Brand's Popular antiquities made an important contribution to the nascent field of folklore studies.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the half-titles. With a scrap of paper inserted as a bookmark at pp. 420--21 of vol. I, being the section on 'Childermas or Holy Innocents' Day'.

Binding C19th sprinkled calf, gilt-ruled borders, gilt-tooled cornerpiece and central lozenge spine compartments, red and green morocco spine-labels.

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