SONGS AND BALLADS, GRAVE AND GAY ... WITH A MEMOIR OF THE AUTHOR.

Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1844. viii,[17] -167,[9]pp. Contemporary boards, printed spine label. Engraved frontis. Endsheets foxed, spine extremities worn (with surface chips), still a sound copy. Item #WRCLIT72256

First U.S. edition, with a "Notice of the Author," by "R.W.G." and dated at Philadelphia, Nov. 1843, suggesting the edition may not simply be a mirror of, or condensation from the two volume UK edition edited by Bayly's widow, also published in 1844. Laid in is a 3pp. a.l.s. from Bayly, 2 Baker St, [London], April 27, to "Dear Planche" (perhaps James Robinson Planche), asking for his account as witness of an agreement made concerning the prosecution of a bad debt incurred by a "Mr. Berner(?)" as a consequence of a benefit production of Bayly's play, "Forty & Fifty." OCLC: 10043058.

Price: $150.00