The Williamite. Collection of original loyal and humorous songs, glees chorus’s &c. &c.


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Dublin: Published by James Charles, No. 57 Mary Street, n.d. (c.1820). 12mo. First edition. pp. [3], 10-120. Old marbled wrappers. Page numerical on page 10 almost shaved and with some light signs of use. Tissue repair to lower wrapper. A very good copy.
No copy located on COPAC. Not in NLI. This work comprises an engraved titlepage with vignette portrait of the King, a leaf of index and pages. The printer, James Charles (1793-1832), moved from 49 to 57 Mary Street in 1815.
James Charles (c.1778-1832) was active as a loyalist printer and bookseller in Mary Street Dublin from 1804, when he brought out a short-lived monthly magazine, Ireland's Mirror, until his death in 1833. His best known publication, The Orange institution; a slight sketch with an appendix containing the rules and regulations of the Orange societies of Great Britain and Ireland, appeared in 1813. Loyalist and Williamite songs, such as those in this interesting and substantial collection, appeared in print from 1690 onwards while Jacobite songs remained in manuscript and in the Irish language.


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