A Large Description of Galloway, by Andrew Smyson, Minister of Kirkinner, M.DC.LXXX.IV. With an appendix containing original papers, from the Sibbald and Macfarlane MSS.

  • Symson, Andrew
  • Edinburgh: Printed for W. and C. Tait 1823


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FIRST EDITION, ONE OF 250 COPIES, 8vo, pp. [ii], xvi, 194. Original buff paper boards, printed paper label to spine. Joints cracked and touched up with a little glue, extremities a bit worn and label soiled.


Quite scarce on the market - especially in the original boards - this intended contribution to a Scottish atlas was started in the 1680s and revised in the 1690s, but not published for over a century after the author's death. Symson (c.1638-1712) was a minister in Galloway when he began the work, 'effectively producing a miniature statistical account of the region, recording, inter alia, supernatural phenomena alongside traditional farming methods' (ODNB), though he later settled in Edinburgh as a printer. The limitation of the edition is on the paper spine label.

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