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Garlands of Robin Hood

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-08-22. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-05-06.

More than fifty editions/printings of chap-books of Robin Hood ballads are known. They often carry the title 'Robin Hood's Garland'. In case of items with other titles, one often cannot tell from the title and other bibliographical data whether it is a chapbook ballad collection or a prose-chapbook. Such doubtful items are listed separately under the heading "Ballads or prose". The first known Robin Hood's Garland dates from 1663, but this probably was not the first printing. The latest garlands, under other titles, would seem to date from the very late 19th or early 20th century, but again this is hard to determine as the titles tend not to reveal whether the contents are verse or prose. I have only inspected a handful of garlands.