Hard Cover. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1883. First Edition. Near Fine.
First edition. Contemporary red calf, ruled with a gilt floral pattern to boards, five raised bands to spine, compartments and bands elaborately decorated in gilt, brown contrasting spine label, text block edges and endpapers marbled. A near fine copy with a touch of wear to extremities and some light scratches to boards, text block edges slightly faded, previous owner's bookplate to front pastedown, else very tight and clean. This collection of songs compiled by Charles Mackay is the third book in a set by the publishers George Routledge and Sons, the others consisting of A Thousand and One Gems of English Poetry, and A Thousand and One Gems of English Prose. Included in this volume are songs both English and Scottish, chosen by the editor and placed in chronological order. In his foreword, the editor expresses his frustration that, though many songs exist throughout English and Scottish history, they are often too vulgar or grammatically incorrect to be considered "Gems" of song, and thus were excluded from this book.