Two Ancient Scottish Poems; The Gaberlunzie-Man, and Christ’s Kirk on the Green. With Notes and Observations.

  • Callander, John
  • Edinburgh: Printed by J. Robertson 1782
  • ESTC T146717.


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8vo, pp. [2], 179 (i.e. 193), [1]. Untrimmed in contemporary half sheep, marbled boards, spine divided by raised bands between gilt rules, red morocco label. A touch of light spotting. Rubbed, front joint cracked at head. Ownership inscription of W. Sheepshanks, 1787, to front flyleaf.


The prolific plagiarist John Callander (1721-1789) published numerous works, most with their own particular flaws: his annotations on Paradise Lost were partially taken from another edition; his translation of Paul to the Ephesians strictly retained the Greek word order, making it incomprehensible; this edition of poems traditionally ascribed to James the Fifth, printed in part to explicate the older dialect, 'included helpful notes for those unfamiliar with the Scottish language, but many of Callander's etymological remarks have been considered unsound' (ODNB).

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