A Comprehensive History of Scotland, or a brief summary of the chronicle of Scottish Kings…. With a description of Scotland as it is now divided into counties, with the number of square miles in each of them: with their produce, trade, manufactures, cities, forts, abbeys, mines, and minerals, &c. with the curiosities in general in that ancient kingdom. To which is added, a particular account of the islands, and fisheries.

  • (Scottish History.)
  • Edinburgh: Printed for the Booksellers in Town and Country 1790
  • ESTC T162285.


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12mo, pp. [ii], 154. Leaf L1 an unusual composite of two separate leaves each printed on one side only and stuck together, and seemingly also a cancellans (see below). Untrimmed in original blue paper wrappers backed in white paper. Some soiling, a dampstain to a few leaves at rear. Wrappers soiled and worn, spine largely defective, stitching partially broken. Some old calculations and pen trials to rear wrapper.


An unsophisticated copy of a rare anonymous history of Scotland, with a bibliographically curious leaf. The first leaf of gathering L is in this copy a thin leaf printed verso only, with a thicker leaf printed recto only pasted to it. Comparison with one of the NLS copies (as per the scan in ECCO) reveals that the recto here has several variant (mistaken) readings, including a spelling error in the running head and 'both' for 'cloth' in line 17 of the text. It seems likely that this copy preserves a cancellans with typographical errors - but the structure of the leaf is less explicable.
ESTC locates six copies: Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, NLS x2, and the Huntington alone outside Scotland.

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