George Colman. Eccentric Tales. In Verse. Ascribed to George Colman, the Younger, Esq. Forming a New Volume to His Broad Grins. The Second Edition. London: Printed for Thomas Tegg, 111, Cheapside; and William Allason, 31, New Bond Street, 1812. Fold-out hand-colored frontispiece J. A. Atkinson, del., published by S. Tipper, Leadenhall Street. [xi; 144 pages] Printed by J. Haddon, Tabernacle Walk, Finsbury. 17 cm. In-12. Bound in quarter speckled calf over marbled boards. Lower page edges were not trimmed. Frontispiece has starting fold-separations. Front hinge cracked but holding. Occasional slight spotting.
The tales are: Father Francis and Sister Bridget; The Monk of Cambray; The Three Minstrels, or Sir Robert and Fair Helena; The Pennance; Tom Shuttle and Blousalinda, a Dolorous Ditty; The Friars, the Merchant, and the Merchant’s Wife; Saint Martin and the Devil; The Chase; The Retort, or, the King and the Exile; The Legend of Bernardo, Saint and Martyr; The Miser’s Will; The King and the Arrows Head; and, Bonomi, or the Maid of Bussora. The frontispiece illustrates “Blousinda”: “And near the lattice stood the maid, / His anxious optics blessing; /Her flowing garments loosely play’d, /In act she seem’d undressing.”