Memoirs of the Court of King James The First.
London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1822. Two volumes bound in one. Second edition.
cont. half calf, marble boards,
xvi, 444; x, 413pp Bookplate, some rubbing o/w a good copy.
Lucy Aiken [1781-1864] English writer, niece of Anna Laetitia Barbould. A diligent student of French, Italian and Latin, Aiken had articles and reviews published when she was 16. Her first major work, "Epistles on Women" appeared in 1810 and was "a poem, a bold and arduous study in women's history which opens memorably retelling the adam and eve story and closed with Rachel Russell." Although Aiken produced a short novel, her reputation was gained entirely by her historical works published between 181801843, as the above. These memoirs were designed as a new genre, "the manners of the age, the state of literature, arts & c., interwoven with as slender a thread of political history as will serve to keep other matters in their place." (DNB, Feminist Companion to Literature.)
Islands of Storm.
(Chester Springs, PA): Dufour Editions, (1991). First edition.
320pp. Fine in a nice d/w.
Album of the Poets' Club For 1895. Hon. President William Alllan. M.P. Secretary J.Knox Christie.
Edinburgh: P.H. Johnston & Co., nd. (1895).
Tall square 8vo.,
orig. blue cloth dec. in gilt,
72pp. Covers somewhat bowed o/w a fine copy.
History of the Abbey and Palace of Holyrood.
Edinburgh: Duncan Anderson, nd. (185-?)
rebound in contemporary cloth,
192pp. Spine faded o/w very good.
Six of the seventeen chapters deal with Mary Queen of Scots.
History of the Cathedral Church, Glasgow.
Glasgow: Thomas Murray and Son, 1874. Fifth edition.
orig. pictorial wrappers,
(36)pp. Edges of wrappers chipped o/w very good.
Scenery in the Western Highlands on the Route from Oban to Iona, Staffa & Glencoe.
Edinburgh: Published by Banks & Co., nd. (188-?)
orig. flexible blue cloth lettered in gilt on the upper cover,
15 engraved plates on 30pp. Some foxing but o/w near fine.
We have also had a cloth issue of this item in purple cloth with 26 engravings; probably a more expensive issue. The popularity of the small steel engraved vignette lead to their use in guidebooks; without text in collections or singly as embellishments on note paper. One publisher, Rock & Co., was responsible for producing 7000 such vignettes over a 30 year period, making these vignettes the Victorian equivalent of the picture postcard. Several other firms issued similar works though none on the scale of Rock & Co. As late as the 1890's, Banks & Co., was issuing collections such as the above title, a set of anonymous plates. Their value is in the pictorial record that the vignettes supply of the landscapes and townscapes of the time. (Russell: History of British Topographical Prints).
Scotia Rediviva: A Collection of Tracts Illustrative of the History and Antiquities of Scotland.
Edinburgh: Robert Buchanan, 1826.
cont. half calf, marble boards, leather spine label,
viii, 495pp. Mark on the front pastedown from the removal of a bookplate o/w a nice copy.
Summer Tours In Scotland By David MacBrayne's Royal Mail Steamers, Columbia & Iona.
(Glasgow): NP: nd. (1897).
orig. red cloth pictorially decorated in gilt,
104, 32pp. "Time Table and Tourist Programme." Ads dated "1897." A near fine copy of a pretty book.
The Deeside Guide: Descriptive and Traditionary With Photographs and Tourist's Map.....
Aberdeen: Lewis Smith & Co., 1885.
(ii), (122)pp. Very small name on e/paper, some minor rubbing at extremities o/w a fine copy.
The History of Scotland, Abridge After the Manner of Goldsmith's England. For the Use of Schools.
Edinburgh: Printed for J. Fairbairn, 1805.
full cont. calf, leather spine label,
vi, (288)pp. Spine scuffed, binding rubbed o/w very good.
AYTOUN, William Edmondstone.
The Ballads of Scotland. Edited by.......
Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1858. In two volumes. First edition.
orig. red cloth,
xc, 288; viii, 389pp. Spines slightly darkened, some rubbing but certainly very good.
BARNETT, T. Ratcliffe.
The Road to Rannoch and The Summer Isles.
Edinburgh: John Grant, (1946). Reprint.
Top edge a bit faded o/w near fine in d/w.
Between the Ochils and Forth A Description, Topographical and Historical of the Country Between Stirling Bridge and Aberdour.
Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1888. First edition.
orig. medium blue cloth with a small pictorial decoration in black on the upper cover,
xiv, 336, 24pp. ads. Some very minor rubbing to the spine ends o/w fine.
A Brieffe Narration of the Services Done To Three Noble Ladyes, ......MDCXXXI- MDCXLIX.
Aberdeen: Printed for the Spalding Club, 1844.
orig. green cloth,
xlii, 224pp. Name, inner hinge starting, some very occasional foxing, gilt lettering on the spine a bit rubbed but in fact near fine.
Not much is known about Blakhal. He was part of the Roman Catholic Mission in Scotland. "The narrative of Father Blakhal is, on the whole, a considerable addition to our history of the eventful times during which he lived. The intercourse which he held with persons of all ranks and professions, princes and peasants, ....in such stirring times could not fail at attending an interesting subject. Many little pictures of the manners and state of society in Scotland and France will be found scattered throughout the narration...." "The volume has been printed from the original mss. (in the author's hand)." The work is divided into three main sections: "Of Ladye Isabelle Hay, daughter to Francis Hay, Earle of Errolle, and Heritage Constable of Scotland," II: "Of the Services Done to Sophia, Countess of Aboyne by Gilbert Blakhal," III: "The Good Offices Donne to Madame De Gordon, ... By Gilbert Blakhal."
|| BOSWELL, James.
The Journal Of A Tour To The Hebrides, With Samuel Johnson, .......
London: Printed for T. Cadell, And W. Davies, 1807. Fourt edition, Revised and Corrected.
Tall 8vo., recently rebound with a tan calf spine, marble boards, raised bands, single gilt decoration in compartments, leather spine label, (xvi), 460pp.
Some foxing to the frontispiece, with some occasional foxing throughout but in fact a near fine copy.
Art In Scotland Its Origin and Progress.
Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1889. First edition.
orig. rust cloth decorated in black and gilt, bevelled edges,
x, 483pp. About fine.
The History of Scotland, Translated from the Latin of George Buchanan; With Notes and A Continuation To The Union In The Region of Queen Anne, A Continuation To The Union In The Reign of Queen Anne By.......
Glasgow: Published by Blackie, Fullarton & Co., 1827. In four volumes.
cont. half calf, marble boards, raised bands, gilt.
Tear in folding map (about 4"), dampstain on frontis and first few leaves of volume one, some rubbing but in fact a very good set.
The Land of the Lorne, Including The Cruise of "The Tern" to the Outer Hebrides.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1871. In two volumes. First edition.
orig. green cloth,
(xii), 282, (vi), (278), (1)p.ad. Marks from bookplate removal on pastedown, top of the spines chipped but still a very nice copy.
Robert William Buchanan [1841-1901] Scottish poet, playwright and novelist. Buchanan began his literary career in London at the Athenaeum and in 1871 he achieved notoriety with a pseudonymous article in the Contemporary Review attacking Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelites. After a bitter controversy, he withdrew his charge and dedicated his novel "God and Man" to Rossetti. The above travel account is one of Buchanan's best efforts, providing vivid sketches of a yachting tour of the Hebrides.
The Land of the Lorne, Including the Cruise of "The Tern" To The Outer Hebrides.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1871. Two volumes bound in one, as issue. First edition, remainder issue?
orig. purple cloth stamped in black and gilt,
(xii), 282; (vi), (278), (1)p.ad. Inscription on e/paper o/w a fine copy.
Robert William Buchanan [1841-1901] Scottish poet, playwright and novelist. Buchanan began his literary career in London at the Athenaeum and in 1871 he achieved notoriety with a pseudonymous article in the Contemporary Review attacking Rosetti and the Pre-Raphelites. After a bitter controversy, he withdrew his charge and dedicated his novel "God and Man" to Rosetti. The above travel account is one of Buchanan's best efforts, providing vivid sketches of a yachting tour of the Hebrides.
Speeches On Public Occasions By......Governor of the County of Banff 1872-1904.
(Banff): Printed for Private Circulation, nd. (1905). First edition. With a presentation inscription.
orig. green cloth,
274pp. Near fine.