Life of James Crichton of Cluny, Commonly Called The Admirable Crichton. With an Appendix of Original Papers.

  • Tytler, Patrick Fraser
  • Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Company, for William and Charles Tait 1819


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FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. [iii]-vii, [i], 285, [1] + frontispiece. 19th century half calf, marbled boards, spine divided by raised bands gilt between gilt and blind rules, red morocco label, marbled edges. A little spotting, half-title discarded. Binding a little rubbed, some wear to extremities (particularly spine-ends), spine lightly discoloured. Armorial bookplate of G.A. Hardy to pastedown, small modern booklabel beneath it, errata list pasted to final leaf of preface, some corrections made in pencil and ink.


A biography of the Scottish polymath and pupil of George Buchanan, James Crichton (1560-1582). Popularly reckoned to be fluent in 12 languages and an accomplished swordsman, musician and horseman, he was murdered at the age of 21. His sobriquet 'The Admirable Crichton' was later borrowed by J.M. Barrie for the title and main character of his his popular comic play of 1902.

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