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STEPHANHOFF, Francis Philip.
Edward Brayley.
Popular Pastimes, Being a Selection of Picturesque Representations of the Customs & Amusements of Great Britain in Ancient and Modern Times Acompanied with Historical Descriptions

London: Sherwood, Neely and Jones, 1816.
London: Sherwood, Neely and Jones, 1816.

A fascinating book that has many interesting chapters including one on 'Selling a Wife' ! In addition to; football cock-fighting, horse racing and many more. 126 pp with 20 hand coloured engraved plates with slight foxing throughout. A modern green morocco binding. Gilt title and tooling to spine with raised bands in blind. Single line of gilt rule to boards, marbled endpapers. Full leather binding. Condition - near fine. Coloured plates in order: 1. Title page. 2. Foot Ball. 3. Exorcism. 4. The Mistletoe. 5. Riding the Stang. 6. Bull Baiting. 7. Heaving. 8. The Shrew (Skimmington). 9. Lord Mayors Show. 10. Claiming the Flitch of Bacon. 11. Cock Fighting. 12. Milk Maids Garland. 13. Chimney Sweepers Dance. 14. Guy Faux. 15. Selling a Wife. 16. Donkey Riding. 17. Parochial Perambulation. 18. Plough Fool. 19. Valentines Day. 20. Whipping the Cock. 21. Smock Race.