SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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PYLE, Howard.
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1896.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1896.

296 pages. Half title, frontis and title page. 11 hand coloured plates and three coloured Head Pieces. Bound in brown cloth with decorative pictorial upper board with (faded) title in gilt to spine. Boards showing signs or rubbing and wear, coloured end papers, hinges cracked and worn. Signature of "Margery Appleon, Xmas 1919" on front free endpaper. Robin Hood was a heroic figure in English folklore - he was a skilled swordsman and archer. He is supposed to have "robbed from the rich to give to the poor", assisted by his fellow outlaws "The Merry Men". Tales first appear about Robin Hood during the 15th century, he is supposed to have carried out his heroic deeds in Nottinghamshire, or what is today South Yorkshire. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. The Merry Friar carrieth Robin across the Water. 2. Robin Hood meeteth the tall Stranger on the Bridge. 3. [Head Piece] Prologue. Young Robin goes to the Shooting Match. 4. Robin and the Tinker at the Blue Boar Inn. 5. [Head Piece] The Sheriff of Nottingham plotting against Robin, sends a messenger to Lincoln. 6. The Sheriff of Nottingham cometh before the King at London. 7. The aged Palmer gives Young David of Doncaster news of Will Stutely. 8. Robin turns butcher and sells his meat in Nottingham. 9. [Head Piece] Robin buys the Butcher's Meat 10. Little John overcomes Eric o' Lincoln. 11. The Mighty Fight betwixt Little John and the Cook. 12. The Stout bout between Little John & Arthur a Bland. 13. Robin Hood steps betwixt Sir Stephen and his Bride. 14. Allan a Dale Singeth before our Good Queen Eleanor.