The twelfth cake : a juvenile amusement, consisting of little ballad to be sung by the following characters : king, queen, sailor's wife, match girl, Simon Pure, ballad singer, and harlequin : with a finale and introduction / the music with an accompaniment for the piano forte composed by Reginald Spofforth. Op. III.

Spofforth, Reginald, 1770-1827 [Browse]
London : Printed by Longman & Broderip, No. 26 Cheapside & No. 13 Haymarket, [approximately 1793]
1 score (2 unnumbered pages, 17 pages, 1 unnumbered page) : illustrations (engraving) ; 35 cm


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  • Engraved title page depicting a large cake decorated with figures of all the characters listed in title, signed "T. King, sc., 401 Strand" (reverse side blank), followed by 17 pages of engraved music, printed on both sides ; last page blank.
  • Individual ballads each have engraved vignette of the singer at head.
  • "NB: To be had of the Author No. 10 Hyde Street Bloomsbury. unnumbered page" -- At foot of title page.
  • "Op. III"--Title page.
  • "Pr[ice] 3s. 6d." --Title page.
  • List of characters on title page in two columns.
  • Page [1] is a publisher's catalog headed, "Musical publications, printed and sold by Longman & Broderip at the Apollo, No. 26 Cheapside & no. 13 Haymarket London."
  • Cotsen copy: Inscribed on on the front free endpaper, " Alfred Moffat" (Alfred Edward Moffat, the Scottish composer?).
Binding note
Cotsen copy: Later red pebbled cloth spine, olive green paper-covered boards, hand-ruled in red with title and date (c. 1793) inked on the upper cover.
Diana R. Tillson Collection, gift of Lloyd E. Cotsen, Class of 1950.
Osborne Collection of early children's books, 1566-1910, p. 661
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