(London: Printed by A. Strahan for T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies, 1800). 213 x 130 mm. (8 3/8 x 5 1/8"). Two volumes. The life of Ramsay by the editor, George Chalmers; "Remarks on the Genius and Writings of Allan Ramsay" by A. F. Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee. A new edition, corrected and enlarged.
VERY ATTRACTIVE CONTEMPORARY RED STRAIGHT-GRAIN MOROCCO, ELABORATELY GILT, covers with wide frame formed by multiple plain and decorative gilt rules, raised bands, spines densely gilt in scallop-edged compartments filled by large, complex fleuron, intricately gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. With woodcut head- and tailpieces, engraved frontispiece portrait, engraved folding facsimile, and one engraved vignette in text. Front pastedown with engraved armorial bookplate of James Banks Stanhope (probably the person by that name who lived from 1821-1904 and was a member of Parliament for North Lincolnshire from 1858-62). Martin, 251; ESTC T-143025. Spines uniformly a little darkened, just a hint of rubbing to joints and corners, occasional minor foxing (a bit more prominent on opening and closing leaves and on the two plates), one leaf with one-inch chip to head margin (no loss), other trivial imperfections, but still QUITE A PRETTY SET IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, clean and fresh internally, and in bindings with lustrous boards and only insignificant wear.
This is a handsomely bound collection of poems by a major figure in 18th century Scottish literary culture. Of humble origin, Ramsay (1686-1758) was apprenticed to an Edinburgh wig maker before becoming a bookseller, the founder of a prototypical literary club called the Easy Club, the editor of an important Scots verse collection called "The Tea-Table Miscellany," and in general a promoter of Scots poetry and poets. He was also a renowned poet himself. The present collection divides his works by type: serious, elegiac, comic, satiric, epigrammatic, pastoral, lyric, epistolary, and fabular. His devotion to all things Scots led Ramsay to write much of his poetry in a Scots dialect, and copious footnotes and a glossary are provided to assist the reader. The most attractive unsigned period bindings boast extremely delicate and intricate gilt tooling, and are obviously the work of a skilled craftsman. (ST12175)
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