Consolation, with Other Poems.

  • Gillespie, William
  • Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Co. 1815


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FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. [iii]-ix, [ii], 318. Half-title discarded. Near-contemporary calf, boards bordered with blind and gilt rolls, spine divided by gilt rolls and rules, brown morocco label, other compartments tooled centrally in gilt, edges gilt. A little spotting. Slightly scratched, some wear to extremities and rubbing to joints. Presentation inscription to flyleaf ‘from the Misses Gillespie to Mr Provost Kennedy, a small tribute of gratitude for his great kindness to their late beloved sister A.L.G., Nith Bank 30 Oct 1849’.


A substantial collection of poetry by Kirkcudbrightshire clergyman William Gillespie (1776-1825). 'He was said to have been of a pleasing appearance, with a musical voice and winning manners, and he was remembered in his parish for his refined taste and his hospitality. But as a poet he lacked any distinction and his publications enjoyed a very limited success' (ODNB).
This copy has been inscribed by 'the Misses Gillespie', possibly relatives of the author - though William himself died childless, he had at least one brother (the dedicatee of the volume) and perhaps sisters or neices, though we have not been able to trace them definitively in the historical record.

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