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ANTIQUARIAN BOOK

Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect.

SHIRREFS (Andrew).

SHIRREFS (Andrew).

Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect.

Engraved frontispiece portrait by Beugo after Caldwell.

First Edition. 8vo. [225 x 135 x 45 mm]. xxviii, [13]-365, [1], 41 pp. Uncut. Bound in the original blue-grey boards. (New paper back-strip and printed label, a little soiled).
Edinburgh: for the Author, by D. Willison, 1790.

With the half-title and list of subscribers, which records the trade or profession besides many of the names. The book was popularly supported in Granada and Jamaica, where Alexander Ritchie took 12 copies and Alexander and David Shirrifs 100 copies between them. At the end is a 41pp glossary, which remains partly unopened. There is some minor soiling and spotting to the title and text, and a small ink stain at the foot of the frontipiece. Two tears have been expertly repaired, at the head of leaves T5 and T6.

Andrew Shirrefs was a crippled bookbinder and bookseller from Aberdeen (see Ramsden, Bookbinders of the United Kingdom, p.217). This collection of poems includes "A Shop-Bill", in which he thanks the patrons of his bindery, "To the Author from G. Lyon, with a Quarto Bible to be bound" and Sherrif's response to this, which is in effect an invoice in verse.

Bookplate of John Fraser.

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