[Dickens, Charles] Cruikshank, George, The Loving Ballad of Lord Bateman. London, Charles Tilt, 1839. 11 plates. 12mo. Green flexible cloth with a Cruikshank illustration on the cover in gilt. Custom embroidered slipcase (newer), with hand-colored borders after Cruikshank and inset panel on upper and lower covers of embroidered material. Fine. Cohn 243.
First edition, first issue, as stanza V line 2, reads “wine.” Pagination in the center of the page (in the body of the book). The last page is No. 40. Eight pages of advertisements. “Clarke, Printers, Silver Street, Falcon Square” verso of title-page and at the foot of page 40. Fine. Notated music after Cruikshank’s preface. Bookseller’s tag of W.H. Dalton, 28 Cockspur St., Charing Cross. This poem was a personal favorite of Cruikshank’s, and he was known to utilize a costume from table-covers, table-napkins, and antimacassars – or anything else he could lay his hands on to deliver his rousing rendition of Lord Bateman, the tune of which appears notated just before the first page of text.
The authorship of this poetry by Dickens was confirmed by a letter 3 July 1839 in which Dickens expresses his desire “to remain unknown … for weighty reasons” (The Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. I, Oxford Clarendon Press, House and Storey, eds., 1969.) Also, see Anne L. Haight’s article in The Colophon New Graphic Series. Vol. I, March 1939, pp 39 – 66.