The Faithless Captain, or Betrayed Virgin.
J. Pitts, ( n.d. (ca. 1820)), London
Folio sheet, 14 1/2 x 10 inches. Type in four columns on landscape layout with a center fold. b/w engraved head and tailpieces.
In a splendid reprise of the Female Marine motif the captain does her wrong. She dresses like a man and goes to sea aboard his ship. He promises to restore her honor, but dies at sea. The imprint reads, in broken type J. Pitts, Printer, Wholesa(l)e TY an(d) Marble Warehouse, 6 G(r)eat st. Andrew street 7 da(y)s. Several versions of this ballad sheet exist, but Worldcat locates only one library (University of Toronto) holding this particular one, which it dates to 1820. With engraved flag, initial, and angel as head and tailpieces. Old tape mark in upper right corner, else very good condition.