Very Thick Volume of Early Scottish Lampoons, Bound by Grieve, One of Just Three on Vellum

A BOOK OF SCOTISH PASQUILS, 1568-1715.

(Edinburgh: William Paterson, 1868). 210 x 130 mm. (8 1/4 x 5 1/8"). xxviii, 438 pp. ONE OF THREE COPIES ON VELLUM (and a limited, but unspecified, number of copies printed on paper).

HANDSOME CONTEMPORARY CRIMSON MOROCCO, ATTRACTIVELY GILT, BY ANDREW GRIEVE (stamp-signed on front turn-in), covers gilt with multiple plain and decorative rules enclosing a delicate dentelle frame, a large and intricate fleuron at the center of each cover, spine gilt in double-ruled compartments with complex fleuron centerpiece and scrolling floral cornerpieces, turn-ins decorated with plain and decorative gilt rules, patterned burgundy and gold silk endleaves, top edge gilt. In a (slightly worn) matching morocco-lipped slipcase. With woodcut title page illustration, numerous decorative tailpieces, and occasional woodcut vignettes in the text. Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of H. D. Colvill-Scott; front free endleaf with armorial bookplate of Clarence S. Bemens. Tiny dark spot on spine, corners with just a hint of rubbing, a couple of leaves with slightly rumpled fore edge, but still A FINE COPY, the text clean, smooth, and bright, and the binding unusually lustrous and with virtually no wear.

This is an attractively printed and beautifully bound copy of pasquils collected by Scottish antiquary James Mainment (1793-1879). The pasquil, or pasquinade, is an anonymous lampoon of a person or institution, and those here are directed at various pillars of Scottish society, including the clergy, politicians, and the nobility. Bound by Scottish craftsman Andrew Grieve--the teacher of Charles McLeish, who worked 16 years for the exacting Cobden-Sanderson as finisher at the Doves Bindery--our luxurious copy is the only one recorded by ABPC since at least 1975. A pencilled note on the fron flyleaf indicates this was one of just three copies printed on vellum. It was in the library of noted collectors Harry and Virginia Walton (their sale at Bloomsbury, 14 May 2009).
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A BOOK OF SCOTISH PASQUILS, 1568-1715. VELLUM PRINTING, EARLY SCOTTISH SATIRES, JAMES MAIDMENT,
A BOOK OF SCOTISH PASQUILS, 1568-1715.

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