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FREETH, John (1731--1808)
The political songster or, a touch on the times, on various subjects, and adapted to common tunes, the sixth edition, with additions. By John Freeth.
Birmingham printed by Thomas Pearson, for the author, and sold by all the booksellers, 1790.
xvi, 40, 37*--40*, 41--196 p., engr. frontis. port. ; 17.1 cm. (12° in 6s)

Originally published in 1766. An edition printed by John Baskerville appeared in 1771. ESTC records four variants of the sixth edition of this work dated 1790. This is the variant with 'FINIS' at the bottom of p. 192 (R6v) followed by an extra gathering S2 containing the poems 'Combination Defeated', 'Freedom Triumphant' and 'The Golden Days of George the Third'. Reviewed in the Gentleman's Magazine, Vol. 61 Suppl. (1791), p. 1210, by Richard Gough. The Birmingham poet John Freeth lived in Park Street and kept a coffee house where he performed his songs written to popular tunes in reponse to newsworthy local and national events. See Charles Hobday, 'Two sansculotte poets: John Freeth and Joseph Mather', in John Lucas (ed.), Writing and radicalism (Harlow 1996), p. 62. ESTC t98387.

Copy Notes Signature of previous owner erased on front paste-down.

Binding C18th tree sheep, rebacked with C19th gilt-ruled calf spine with red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1421


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