The History of the Life and Adventures, and Heroic Actions, of the Renowned Sir William Wallace, General and Governor of Scotland. Wherein the old obsolete words are rendered more intelligible, and adapted to the understanding of such who have no leisure to study the meaning and import of such phrases, without the help of a glossary. By William Hamilton. To which is Annexed, The Life and Martial Achievements of that Valliant Hero, Robert Bruce, King of Scotland. By John Harvey.

  • [Henry the Minstrel]
  • Glasgow: Printed by Khull, Blackie, & Co. 1822


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12mo, pp. [iv], 220, 104. Contemporary sheep, spine divided by double gilt rules, red morocco label. A little soiled and spotted. Somewhat rubbed, front joint starting, a little wear to extremities.


A scarce printing of William Hamilton's abridged retelling of Blind Harry's Wallace, first published in 1722. This version was read by Robert Burns, who adopted for the closing stanza of his 'Scots Wha' hae wi' Wallace Bled' two lines from Hamilton ('A false usurper sinks in every foe / And Liberty returns with every blow') which he called 'a couplet worthy of Homer' (letter to Thomson quoted in Bibliotheca Wallasiana p. 11). It is joined, as in many editions, by John Harvey's Bruce, an heroic poem first published in 1729. Library Hub records just 2 copies, at NLS and Glasgow, Worldcat adds the University of Western Ontario and Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia; Bibliotheca Wallasiana does not record this edition.

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