Glasgow, Edinburgh, and London: Blackie and Son, 1845. First edition. A true Cosway binding, stamped by Riviere & Son on the front turn-in and by renowned miniaturist C. B. Currie on the rear turn-in. Full crushed blue morocco with five compartments to spine. Spine and boards inlaid with gilt and red morocco in a thistle motif. Fine miniature portrait under glass to the front and fine miniature landscape of the Scottish highlands to the rear. All edges brightly gilt. Blue morocco and gilt turn-ins to front and rear; silk moire endpapers. Hinges expertly repaired and some wear to the end papers. Ownership signatures in ink to the recto of the front endpaper, else a clean and unmarked copy measuring 108 x 140mm.
In this beautifully bound collection of Scottish ballads and poetry, Alex Whitelaw provides readers with a comprehensive background on the development of the Scottish ballad, its interrelationship with English poetry, and the history of those editors who previously drew such songs together. The result is a work that encourages pride in Scottish readers while seeking to deepen poetic appreciation among readers from other nations and traditions. The present copy is a true Cosway binding, with two paintings by Miss C. B. Currie -- the artist whose great skill set the standard for the style. Fine (Item #2956)