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by Francis James Child

The rich field of English balladry was virgin territory before Francis James Child entered it. The few published ballad editions that existed were unreliable, filled with unacknowledged editorial changes and distortions of the original manuscripts. Professor Child compiled all the extant ballads with all known variants, and made them available for the first time — together with his invaluable commentary that prefaces each work — in a single source that maintained absolute fidelity to the original texts. Published between 1882 and 1898, the original ten-part study became the definitive collection of popular ballads in the English language, never to be superceded. To this day, scholars and devotees speak of "The Child Ballads" with the awe and respect generated by few other literary works. Volume 1: Parts I and II of the original set, ballads 1-53 including "Edward," "Lord Randal," "Tam Lin," "Lady Isabel and the Elf-Knight," "Earl Brand," "Thomas Rymer," more. Biographical sketch of Child by Prof. Kittredge, Child's portrait, additions and corrections.
Download The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Vol. 1 epub
ISBN: 0486431452
ISBN13: 978-0486431451
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Poetry
Author: Francis James Child
Language: English
Publisher: Dover Publications (September 8, 2003)
Pages: 544 pages
ePUB size: 1645 kb
FB2 size: 1134 kb
Rating: 4.3
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Child's "English and Scottish Popular Ballads" is THE sourcebook for anyone interested in the traditional ballads of the British Isles, and also invaluable to all aficionados of European folklore and folksong in general. For those not up on their terminology, a ballad is a folksong with a plot, and Child's collection covers everything from foul murders to star-crossed lovers to Robin Hood, in five volumes.

I am extremely happy that someone has finally issued an edition incorporating the various addenda and corrections that Child made before his death. There is nothing here that Child did not write, so if you are looking for additional scholarship or commentary you will be disappointed; but the Loomis House edition vastly improves over the Dover facsimiles in completeness and convenience. Additional variants, comments and even some tunes (the one big omission in the original) are placed conveniently near the main text of each category rather than buried in appendices (most of which aren't included in the Dover editions at all). It's well worth the few extra dollars over the Dover books.

My one quibble is that they do not reproduce some of the typographical distinctions that Child occasionally used to indicate different features of a text, but this is overshadowed by all the good points of this edition.

Overall this is a wonderful and affordable edition; I fervently hope that all five volumes are issued as planned (it's been almost a year since Volume 3 came out...). I have no idea why Amazon makes these books so hard to find on their site: fix this, guys!

In summary: Buy this book. Now if someone would only reprint Bertrand Bronson's "The Singing Tradition of Child's Popular Ballads" as well....
Has a lot of good ballads in here (54 through 113), like Sweet William's Ghost and the Selkie of Sule Skerry. I like the way the book is formatted, with info about the song's origins and the descriptions of variations from different countries are really interesting.
That said I did get the paperback, so no sheet music. But that's something you can usually find around the internet.
Many years ago (pre- Amazon Books!) when I recorded, "Bard of the Brandywine" it was impossible to find Vol. II of the F.J. Child's collection of the English & Scottish ballads as it contained the studies on the most popular, Matty Groves and Barbara Allen.
So I was ecstatic to find Vol.II published independently of the orignal five-volume collection and to complete my Dover publication set of this seminal study.
Sally Jane Denk-Hoey
Bard of the Brandywine
I bought this book for a class on ballads, not really realizing how many editions of this book are out there. My professor looked at it and told me that it was one of the crappiest editions of Child's ballads she has ever seen in her life. It is based off of Child's notes for publication rather than the final compilation that he actually published. Not only does it not have any commentary from the most recent editor, it does not have all of the commentary from the original editor and author.
The English and Scottish Popular Ballads are, as noted here, out of print in their Dover edition ... but fear not, they are being re-issued (in 5 volumes, 2 of which are actually done) by the folks at Loomis House Press. (I am not affiliated with Loomis in any way; do a Google search if you want to find 'em.) The books are authoritative and complete, and it's disappointing that Amazon doesn't list them.

Update: 2012 12 15: all five volumes are now available. At least Vol 1 is on Amazon now.
The Anthology is a useful resource for those who cannot make it to the International Druid Archives. It contains a number of useful documents from and about the history of Reformed Druidism, a section on past liturgy which is interesting both for the student of Reformed Druidism and also for any RDNA priest interested in using/creating their own rituals. Overall this is an interesting and worthwhile volume...
However it doesn't always seem to be available...but worry not. Copies of the ARDA are available for sale directly from Loomis House Press at [...] and you can also preview the text (or download and print a copy) at [...]
And in a few months an updated version of the Anthology will be hitting bookshelves...I am eagerly awaiting it and it should be available by more or less the same channels when it comes out
I first heard of the Child ballads when I was about 13 years old and have been looking for a copy ever since. I was delighted to discover they have been brought back into print. This publication is particularly exciting since the editors have chosen to include musical notation collected by Child but not included in the original publication. Many of the ballads still sung today in Eastern Canada and the US were derived from these ballads, so these books are a facinating study of the earlier origins of these and many other ballads from the british iles.
Great news for anyone interested in the traditional folk ballads known as the "Child Ballads" that Francis James Child's late 1800s compilation "The English and Scottish Pupular Ballads" is now republished in a fully corrected and revised edition with the traditional tunes reunited with the texts. The new edition by Loomis House Press (...) is now available in paperback and cloth editions - so far volumes 1, 2 and 3 (of 5) are issued. Amazon lists them but the three volumes are hard to find on the Amazon site. The earlier 1965 facsimile edition by Dover has also now been republished - but the Loomis House Press edition is greatly superior - and is available from Loomis in USA and Springthyme in UK as well as from Amazon.