Old English Drinking Songs

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Cincinnati: Byway Press, 1903. 63 pages of song. 17 x 13 cm. Limited edition #339 of 350. Old English Drinking Songs 1500 – 1800. Let’s be honest, the English are unrivaled at this sport. A sampling: DOWN AMONG THE DEAD – 1710?: “Here’s Health to the Queen, and a lasting peace, To faction an end, to wealth increase; Come, let’s drink it while we have breath, For there’s no drinking after death; And he that will this health deny, Down among the dead men let him lie..” Lovely marbled end papers, ornate title page in red and black with tissue guard. Corners rubbed, interior crisp and clean. Orig. blue patterned paper over boards, cream cloth spin, paper title on spine. Very good. Hardcover.