Memorialls; or, The Memorable Things that Fell Out Within This Island of Brittain from 1638 to 1684. Edited from the MS. by Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe, Esq.

  • Law, Robert
  • Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co. 1818


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FIRST EDITION, 4to, pp. iii-cxiv, 277, [1] + frontispiece. Contemporary biscuit calf, boards bordered with a blind roll inside double gilt rules, red morocco labels, marbled edges. A touch of spotting, frontispiece foxed and offset onto title-page. Sometime rebacked in paler calf preserving original labels, old leather somewhat scratched and a little marked. Bookplate of James McCosh of Dalry to pastedown covering Gray family armorial bookplate, ownership inscription of Marshall Carritt to reverse of frontispiece dated 1836 along with warning ‘M.C. will not lend books to any one.’


The first publication of this manuscript compiled by Robert Law (d. 1686?), a covenanting preacher. It was edited for publication by Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe (1781-1851), who may have produced the work as a way to attack Presbyterians, though it is now much better known for recording numerous accounts of witchcraft and other supernatural phenomena.

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