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The history and love adventures of Roswal and Lillian

Author Anon
Title The history and love adventures of Roswal and Lillian
Imprint Glasgow: J. & M. Robertson
Date of Publication 1788
Language English
Notes This is an unrecorded Glasgow printing of a Scottish verse romance "Roswal and Lillian". The tale appears to be medieval in origin, and concerns Roswal(l) a prince of Naples who is forced into exile by his father, but who eventually finds love in his new home and marries the king's daughter Lillian. Sir Walter Scott records hearing the song sung in his youth in Edinburgh sung by an old person wandering through the streets. The first recorded printing of the work was in Edinburgh in 1663, there are then four recorded editions in the second half of the 18th century, printed in Newcastle and Edinburgh. The printers of this Glasgow edition, James and Matthew Robertson, were two of the principal printers of chapbooks in Scotland from 1782 onwards. From at least 1777 they were publishing children's books, most of which are reprints of titles published by John Newbery of London. They also imported them from England.
Shelfmark AP.1.215.14
Reference Sources Bookseller's notes, Scottish Book Trade Index
Acquired on 06/03/15
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