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3 Centuries Of Naval History In Shanties & Sea Songs With Lyrics & Notes

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INTRODUCTION             cxvii
volume, and the editor has found the catalogue of Lord Crawford's ballads invaluable throughout his work {Bibliotheca Lindesiana : Catalogue of a Col­lection of English Ballads of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Privately printed, 1890).
As to printed collections of ballads, the editions of the Roxburghe and Bagford Ballads, published by the Ballad Society, have been freely drawn upon. The labours of Mr. Chappell and Mr. Ebsworth have alone made it possible to select and put together ballads relating to any particular side of English history, and their researches into the ques­tions of the origin and text of the ballads have furnished all students of any special kind of ballads with a solid basis for further investigations. To Mr. Ebsworth the editor is further indebted for personal assistance and encouragement.
Two other collections have also been of special service—The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, edited by Professor F. J. Child, 5 vols., Boston, 1895, and Bishop Percy's Folio Manuscript, edited by Professor J. W. Hales and Dr. F. J. Furnivall, 3 vols., London, 1868.
There are also several special collections of Naval Ballads, to which references are frequently made in this introduction and in the notes. Of these the most important are :
(1)  Early Naval Ballads of England, collected and edited by J. O. Halliwell for the Percy Society in 1851.
(2)   Sea Songs and Ballads by Dibdin and others. London, Bell and Daldy, 1863. This contains an appendix consisting of ballads written before Dibdin's day.
(3)  Real Sailor Songs, collected and edited by John Ashton, 1891, which is valuable from the number of modern street ballads it contains.