Tamlane, taken from English and Scottish Ballads edited by Francis James Child.


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Tamlane, taken from English and Scottish Ballads edited by Francis James Child.

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'The Young Tamlane' is an old Scottish ballad concerning the rescue and disenchantment of a childhood lover from the fairy Queen. It is a letterpress printed limited edition of 50 hand typeset in Monotype Centaur, with a 4 colour reduction lino print on the title page, and hand bound all by myself.

– 20 pages
– 246mm x 150mm
– Printed on 175gsm Somerset Book

I first heard this ballad on the 1969 album, Liege and Lief by Fairport convention. Their version is called Tamlin and is more Anglicised. To avoid copyright issues I went back to the 1857 edition of English and Scottish Ballads edited by Francis James Child.

Delivery & returns

Estimated delivery: May 28 - 30
From United Kingdom
£7.50 delivery to United Kingdom
Returns and exchanges accepted
Exceptions may apply. See return policy


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I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Send items back within: 30 days of delivery

I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)

Delivery policies

Approximate Shipping times
UK first class - 3-5 business days

Additional policies

Some letterpress printers prefer a deep de-boss by bashing the type into the paper. I don't do this: it's bad practice and will eventually ruin the metal type. On card there will be a slight de-boss which can be identified by rubbing your finger across the printed area. In some cases there may be a very slight emboss on the other side of the card.

I would consider a custom order -- please get in touch!