John Gilpin: The diverting history of Johnny Gilpin. (c1901).


By William Cowper


Publishers: The Alexandra Publishing Co. (undated)

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I grade the book  as in ‘Acceptable’ condition.

Front cover was hanging on by a thread but has now separated

Pages tanned but complete.

Undated but from early 1900’s – Cover picture is the same (with different colouring) as 1901 version by Dean & Son.

A very rare survivor.

John Gilpin was said to be a wealthy draper from Cheapside in London, who owned land at Olney in Buckinghamshire, near where Cowper lived. It is likely that he was actually a Mr Beyer, a linen draper of the Cheapside corner of Paternoster Row. The poem tells how Gilpin and his wife and children became separated during a journey to the Bell Inn, Edmonton, after Gilpin loses control of his horse, and is carried ten miles further to the town of Ware.


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