Poems on Several Occasions.

  • Bruce, Michael
  • Edinburgh: Printed by J. Robertson 1770
  • ESTC T144078.

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Description

FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. viii, ii, 117, [1]. Contemporary sheep. Light foxing and browning, a few stains. Edges rubbed and a bit worn, rebacked with red morocco label. Ownership inscription of Alexander Buchan to title-page.

Notes

The first, posthumous, publication of poems by the short-lived 'poet of Lochleven', Michael Bruce (1746-1767). Edited and seen through the press by Bruce's schoolfriend, John Logan, it contains only a small selection - omitting much of Bruce's religious poetry and hymns - and Logan claims this is still padded out with poems by other hands. Logan, however, later claimed some of Bruce's poems as his own and his preface may not be wholly trustworthy. Further, expanded editions followed in the next few decades, but the first is one of the scarcest.

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