Ajax, his Speech to the Grecian Knabbs, From Ovid’s Metam. Lib. XIII. Attempted in broad Buchans. By R.F. Gent.

  • (Ovid) Forbes, Robert, trans.
  • [Edinburgh?]: [s.n.] 1748
  • ESTC T2219.




8vo, pp. 17, [1]. Disbound. Trimmed close sometimes touching text, title-page printed askew and a little dust-soiled. Ink attribution ‘by Mr. Robert Forbes’ to title-page.


An early and scarce printing of this Scots translation of an excerpt from Ovid by Robert Forbes. Little is known of him - he seems to have been born in Buchan but plied his trade as a hosier in London. Evidently an educated man who 'possessed a large fund of the humorous,' he also published another excerpt from Ovid and a few original pieces (Walker, The Bards of Bon-Accord 1375-1860, 1887). ESTC records 5 locations, Aberdeen, BL, NLS and University of Wales in the UK, Huntington in the USA.

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