The Pitman’s pay, and other poems.

Gateshead, William Douglas, 1843.

8vo, pp. xxxvi, [4], 168; woodcut seal to title and woodcut token to p. 72; a little spotting to fore-edge; very good in publisher’s blind-stamped cloth; gilt lettering to spine, patterned endpapers; a little sunned and worn.


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First collected edition of the works of the Tyneside miner turned poet Thomas Wilson (1773-1858). The Pitman’s pay – Wilson’s chief literary work – ‘is a metrical description, much of it in mining patois, of the incidents and conversations of the colliers on their fortnightly Friday pay nights’ (ODNB); it enjoyed a wide popularity in the north of England. This edition includes a glossary.

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