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PLAYFORD, Henry (1657--1706?)
Wit and mirth: or, pills to purge melancholy: being a collection of the best merry ballads, and above an hundred of the best songs, old and new. Fitted to all humours, having each their proper tune for either voice or instrument. The third edition with additions. Being carefully corrected by Mr J. Lenton. Vol. IV.
London: printed by W.P. [i.e. William Pearson] and sold by John Young, musical-instrument seller, 1712.
[12], 336 p. : music ; 16.2 cm. (12º)

Compiled by Henry Playford; the editorship is sometimes attibuted to Thomas D'Urfey who was certainly a contributor to the collection. With a preface signed 'Dr. Merryman, i.e. H. P'. Four volumes in two successive editions appeared between 1699 and 1709; they had been preceded by a shorter collection compiled by Playford, titled Wit and mirth. An antidote against melancholy, first published in 1682. The present volume has the title-page as above cropped to the outer frame and laid down on the front free-endpaper. No such 'Third Edition' of vol. IV dated 1712 is recorded in ESTC; the collation appears otherwise to correspond to the description of the second edition of vol. IV, printed by William Pearson and dated [1709], ESTC t178453. Publisher's advertisements on p. [6].

Binding C18th Cambridge style blind panelled calf, blind-ruled spine, the number '4' in gilt, without label or lettering.

Reference Number 1079


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