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A German interest in English folksongs

A German interest in English folksongs

22nd April 2020

German interest in folksongs began in the middle of the eighteenth century, stoked in no small part by the Europe-wide mania for Ossian.  Thomas Percy’s influential Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765) was also much admired, and the philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder, who had been sent a copy by Rudolf Erich Raspe (of Munchausen fame) […]

Love, Hate, Ambition, and Edinburgh

Love, Hate, Ambition, and Edinburgh

27th March 2019

Though we’ve only just returned from New York, we find ourselves preparing yet again for a fair: this time, the 2019 Edinburgh Book Fair. In preparation we have compiled an expansive list, ‘Spring Miscellany’, of the books that we shall be bringing this year, available for…

Donald: the mask’s thrown off

Donald: the mask’s thrown off

17th November 2016

Sometimes, in the book world, there are wonderful coincidences; you can come across a book you’ve never heard of at precisely the right moment.  Take this, which I found just earlier this week: Published in about 1794, it was written by Samuel Harrison (1760–1812), one of the country’s principal tenors for almost 30 years, some difficulties […]

Channelling Burns

Channelling Burns

29th April 2014

Mina S. Seymour is probably not someone you have heard of before.  I certainly hadn’t when I came across the following book recently: Privately printed, it contains over 150 poems ‘by’ Robert Burns, as received by Seymour, an American medium at the end of nineteenth century.  Lily Dale was a spiritualist community in south-western New […]