The Scotish Musical Museum; Consisting of upwards of six hundred songs, with proper basses for the Pianoforte. Originally Published by James Johnson; and now accompanied with copious Notes and Illustrations of the Lyric Poetry and Music of Scotland, by the late William Stenhouse. With some Additional Illustrations.

  • Johnson, James
  • Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons 1839


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6 vols, 8vo, pp. [ii], vi, [ii], lxxx, 101, [1], 104, *105-*144 + 2 double-sided folding frontispieces; [ii], vi, [ii], 102-208, [1], [105]-188, *189-*226; [ii], vi, [ii], 209-310, [189]-292, *293-*324;[ii], vi, [ii], 311-413, [1], [295]-360, *361-*416; [ii], vi, [ii], 414-438, 438-516, [361]-438, *439-*496, [1]; [ii], vi, [ii], 517-620, [439]-512, [2], 513-540, xxxiv. Original blue cloth, boards blocked in blind, spines lettered direct in gilt. Some scattered spotting and foxing, 2 leaves sprung. Bindings lightly soiled, a touch rubbed to extremities.


The second edition of an important set of Scottish music, best-remembered for the input of Robert Burns, who contributed hundreds of songs, among them 'Ae Fond Kiss', 'Scots Wha; Hae' and 'My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose'.
The work was originally published between 1787 and 1803 under the title 'The Scots Musical Museum', in six continuously-paginated volumes. In around 1815, following the death of the compiler Johnson a few years prior, the plates were bought by publisher William Blackwood, who prepared to issue a new edition and commissioned antiquarian William Stenhouse (1773-1827) to write extensive notes. These were complete by 1820 and printed that same year, but the proposed introduction was never completed, and the deaths of Blackwood and Stenhouse led to the sheets languishing in a warehouse for the following 19 years. They were disinterred for this edition, and bound after facsimiles of the first edition pages, resulting in two sets of regular pagination in each volume. Following these are additional notes for this edition, compiled by Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe and paginated to follow Stenhouse's notes with prepended asterisks.

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