"A selection of English poetry, in a chronological series, from the beginning of the sixteenth century (or, including an extract from Chaucer, from the latter part of the fourteenth) to the present time, upon a plan hitherto unattempted, at least in this country. ... No alteration (except in apparent mistakes) has been attempted either in the language or in the orthography, as as little as possible even in the punctuation, of the edition followed ... nor has any piece been inserted which had already appeared in "A Select Collection of English Songs," published in 1783."--Advertisement.
In Robin Hood, Joseph Ritson sought to create the definitive collection of all material relating to the original English outlaw. The Robin Hood folklore dates back to the 12th century, so a great number of derivative works have been excluded. These two volumes place great emphasis on the Robin Hood ballads, which are as near to original source material as possible. In this second edition, historical annotations have been included alongside the original wood engravings. Mythology and English scholars alike should find practical use, and enjoyment, of these two works.