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James Mew. Manuscripts

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James Mew. Manuscripts
c. 1880
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Extent and format
ff. v + 129.
Thin black boards.
Scope and content
Manuscripts of two unpublished books by James Mew, written in collaboration with John Ashton who provided the illustrations:- (1) 'The LEGENDS of the Creation and Fall of Man'; c. 1880? Written in a calligraphic hand. According to the Preface, fol. iv, the authors had intended to write a book on the legends of the Bible but were unable to interest a publisher in this first part. The text is based on the Bible, apocrypha, Rabbinic and other commentaries, etc. The illustrations are tracings of late medieval woodcuts. fols. 1-60;- (2) 'Spanish Street Ballads'. Translations by James Mew from printed chapbooks, 1790-c. 1880, mostly from copies in the British Museum. With illustrations traced or copied from the sources by John Ashton. fols. 61-129.
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