Poems, on various subjects and occasions, by the Honourable Alexander Robertson of Struan, Esq; Mostly taken from his own original manuscripts.

  • Robertson, Alexander
  • Edinburgh: Pritned for Ch. Alexander ,and sold at his House in Geddes's Close; where Subscribers may call for their Copies 1752
  • ESTC T99040.

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FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. [iv], 360. Contemporary sheep. Somewhat browned and foxed, a marginal oil-stain to a few gatherings, repair to blank area at head of title-page. Sometime rebacked in a different shade, green morocco label, endpapers renewed, boards rubbed and scratched. Long note referencing Chamber’s Biographical Dictionary to front blank, ownership inscription of Hubert G. Norman to front flyleaf, older inscription washed from title-page.

Notes

The first, posthumous, printing of these poems by the Jacobite army officer Alexander Robertson of Struan (c.1670-1749). 'A significant part of Struan's reputation rests on his poetry... Although he writes a great deal of good, dutiful verse in the cavalier mode, following Carew and others and including a decided bias towards a poetry of retreat (not surprising given his place of residence and aversion to creditors), in his political poetry Struan shows an interesting bifurcation between his language and his concepts' (ODNB).

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