Jack the giant killer : a hero celebrated by ancient historians.
Bibliographic Citation:
Jack the giant killer : a hero celebrated by ancient historians. Banbury [Oxfordshire] : Printed by J.G. Rusher, [1820?]
Alternative Title:
History of Jack the giant killer
Banbury chap books.
Printed by J.G. Rusher, [1820?]
  • In verse and prose.
  • Various sources, cited below, date the chapbooks in Rusher's "halfpenny series" between 1820 and 1840.
  • Chapbook with 6 wood engravings used as illustrations for the story (one repeated on title page), as well an unrelated full-page engraving of a fugitive soldier attributed in Osborne Coll. to John Lee after W.M. Craig. All are included in Pearson.
  • First sentence: "Kind Reader, Jack makes you a bow, The hero of giants the dread; Whom king and the princess applaud For valour, whence tyranny fled."
  • Includes 8 woodcuts.
  • Citations/References: Osborne Coll. I, p. 33
  • Citations/References: Pearson, E. Banbury chap books, p. 33
  • Citations/References: BM v. 113, col. 603-604 (12805.a.5.(9.); 12805.aa.1.(4.))
  • Copy in McGill Library's Rare Books and Special Collections: bound with The history of Dick Whittington, Lord Mayor of London: with the adventures of his cat. Banbury: Printed by J.G. Rusher,[ca. 1820]. Bound together subsequent to publication with 4 other chapbooks, with binder's title: Banbury Chapbooks. 8 hand-coloured woodcuts. Woodcut of "Fugitive Soldier" was designed by Craig and engraved by Lee. Bound in brown calf by wood, London. Gumuchian - #1581. Osborne - p.33. Hockliffe Collection - p.3. Banbury Chapbooks - Pearson - pp.27, 33. St. Andrews, N.B. Antique Show July/83 $10.00 for 5 chapbooks. Battledore. New York -'83 - $20.00; Hobbyhorse Books. Ho Ho Kus, N.J. - $175 for this one.
Physical Description:
text.chapbook.black and white, 10 x 7 cm.
Chapbook Category:
Legendary Romances, Fairy Stories and Folk Tales in Prose
Digital Collection:
McGill Library's Chapbook Collection
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