The Lay of The Scottish Fiddle. A Poem. In Five Cantos. Supposed to be Written by W— S—, Esq. First American, From the Fourth Edinburgh Edition.

  • (Scott, Walter) [James Kirke Paulding]
  • London: Printed for James Cawthorn 1814
  • Todd & Bowden 483S.


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FIRST BRITISH EDITION, 8vo, pp. xvi, 222. 19th-century half green calf, green pebbled boards, spine divided by raised bands between double blind rules, red morocco label, top edge gilt. Some spotting to endpapers, spine slightly sunned, a little rubbed to extremities. Binder’s ticket of James H. Jackson, manufacturing stationer of Perth, to pastedown.


Despite the title-page's claims this is the first British edition of an American parody of Scott's Lay of The Last Minstrel, satirising British naval conduct in the war of 1812, first published in America in 1813. Scott called it 'a piece of tolerably dull Trans-Atlantic wit' but regarded it 'the highest compliment I ever received, since it blends me with the Naval reputation of my country' (Todd & Bowden).

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