Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern

Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern


Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern 1833 1st Edition

By William Sandys

Printed In London For Richard Beckley

The Volume is in Good Condition in dark green cloth; externally the boards and spine are scuffed in general, with the cloth off of the spine, boards detached, board corners bumped, and book-block shaken, initial and final gathers split. Internally the leaves are generally clean and amply margined, being unopened, with some fraying and creasing to certain leaf edges, and with occasional foxing otherwise.
The Volume is Complete in all Respects With Advertisements and lithograph plate carols at the end of the volume. See below for pagination & dimensions.

Christmas Carols, Ancient and ModernChristmas Carols, Ancient and Modern

Of Sandy’s Carols

William Sandys’ Christmas Carols, marked the first appearances of many now-classic English carols, including “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen”, and “The First Noel”, and contributed to the mid-Victorian revival of the holiday. Sandys presented his collections in three parts. The first part “Containing Ancient Carols and Christmas Songs, From the Early Part of the Fifteenth to The End of the Seventeenth Century” contains examples in Middle English and Early Modern English.

The second part of Sandys’ collection contains “A Selection From Carols Still Used In The West Of England” which Sandys claimed to have selected “from upwards of one hundred obtained in different parts of the West of Cornwall, many of which, including those now published, are still in use. Some few of them are printed occasionally in the country, and also in London, Birmingham, and other places, as broadside carols; others have appeared, with some variation, in Mr. Gilbert’s collection, having been derived from similar sources; but a large portion, including some of the most curious, have, I believe, never been printed before.”

Among the carols that made their first appearance here are the classics “The First Noel”, “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”, “I Saw Three Ships”, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”. Some have the traditional forms of carols. Others are recognizably composed. In the current atmosphere of “Merry England” that included the revival of Christmas that was signalled by Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, they all quickly developed their present reputations for being sixteenth century or earlier.

Pagination & Dimensions

The volume is paginated as follows; [v]-cxliv, [1]-188, [4], 11 leaves of music. The volume collates as follows: [A]4, b-i8, k4, B-N8. The volume measures about 21.5 cm. By 13.5 cm.

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