The Jacobite Relics of Scotland; Being The Songs, Airs and Legends, of the Adherents to the House of Stuart. Collected and Illustrated by James Hogg.

  • Hogg, James
  • Edinburgh: Printed for William Blackwood 1819


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FIRST EDITIONS, 2 vols., 8vo, pp. [iii]-xx, 424; [iii]-viii, 480. Half-titles discarded. Near-contemporary half calf by Robert Seton, brown paste paper boards, spines divided by raised bands between double gilt rules, red and tan morocco labels, gilt crest to top compartments, edges sprinkled red and blue. Some foxing and thumbsoiling. A little rubbed, dampstain to front joint and endpapers of vol. 1. Armorial bookplates and spine stamps of the Colt family, Edinburgh bookbinder’s tickets, and ownership inscription of J.O. Ogilvy dated Nov. 1877 at Inveresk House to front pastedowns.


An attractive set of Hogg's collection of Jacobite songs, both music and lyrics, printed with his extensive notes. The first volume was published in 1819, with the second, dubbed 'second series' to the title-page, following 2 years later. The extent of Hogg's editorial reach has long been a contentious one - some songs are undoubtedly composed by him, some are unattributed here but by Robert Burns, and in his introduction Hogg thanks Walter Scott for 'innumerable' songs 'which he must have picked out of every cabinet and portfolio in the kingdom'. Regardless of its sources it stands as an important collection of material from a transitional period on Hogg's career as he moved away from the poetry that had made him famous towards the novels which sustain his fame today. This copy was bound by Edinburgh bookbinder Robert Seton, active at the Head of the Mound in the 1840s.

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