Comic Poems of the Years 1685, and 1793; on Rustic Scenes in Scotland, at the times to which they refer: with explanatory and illustrative notes.

  • [Brown, Robert, of Newhall]
  • Edinburgh: Printed for the Booksellers 1817


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FIRST EDITION THUS, 12mo, pp. [vi], xiii, [2]-178. Unrtimmed in original blue boards backed in grey paper. Toned and lightly foxed. Extremities a bit worn, spine ends defective.


A scarce collection of three poems, their first gathering together. The first two are by Alexander Pennecuik, M.D. (1652-1722) - his 'Panegyrick upon the Royal Army in Scotland' and its much longer appendix 'Lintoun Green, or the Third Market Day of June'; the Panegyrick first appeared in the 1762 collection of 'Curious Scots Poems' by Pennecuik, while the earliest we can trace 'Lintoun Green' is a pamphlet of c.1800 (ESTC T170799, though this says 'from the second edition' on the title-page) - the text here being expanded from that one both in verse and notes. The third poem, 'Carlop Green', is unattributed but likely the work of Robert Brown, the editor, and seems to be printed here for the first time; a second edition followed in 1832. It treats of the French Revolution in similar terms to Pennecuik's on the first Jacobite, and the introduction claims 'all the three poems are written in favour of the natural, unerring, steady, beneficial principles of rational regulated liberty, such as that obtained by our Bill of Rights: in opposition to Popery, intolerance, depostism, Toryism, and Jacobitism, on the one hand; and infidelity, licentiousness, levelling, and Jacobinism, on the other.'
Copac locates copies in the NLS (x3), Edinburgh, Oxford (x2), Aberdeen, and Newcastle. OCLC adds a handful (including Princeton, South Carolina, and Melbourne), though in a complete muddle with listings for digital copies.

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