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A Scot in the American Revolutionary War

A Scot in the American Revolutionary War

23rd September 2021

Printed in Jedburgh in 1821, these poems were written by a Andrew Scott (1757–1839), a Scottish a shepherd boy who enlisted at the outset of the American War of Independence and served for the duration of the campaign.  Of the many poems he penned there, most were lost, but ‘The Oak Tree’ survived and is […]

A German interest in English folksongs

A German interest in English folksongs

22nd April 2020

German interest in folksongs began in the middle of the eighteenth century, stoked in no small part by the Europe-wide mania for Ossian.  Thomas Percy’s influential Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765) was also much admired, and the philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder, who had been sent a copy by Rudolf Erich Raspe (of Munchausen fame) […]

Love, Hate, Ambition, and Edinburgh

Love, Hate, Ambition, and Edinburgh

27th March 2019

Though we’ve only just returned from New York, we find ourselves preparing yet again for a fair: this time, the 2019 Edinburgh Book Fair. In preparation we have compiled an expansive list, ‘Spring Miscellany’, of the books that we shall be bringing this year, available for…

Donald: the mask’s thrown off

Donald: the mask’s thrown off

17th November 2016

Sometimes, in the book world, there are wonderful coincidences; you can come across a book you’ve never heard of at precisely the right moment.  Take this, which I found just earlier this week: Published in about 1794, it was written by Samuel Harrison (1760–1812), one of the country’s principal tenors for almost 30 years, some difficulties […]

Channelling Burns

Channelling Burns

29th April 2014

Mina S. Seymour is probably not someone you have heard of before.  I certainly hadn’t when I came across the following book recently: Privately printed, it contains over 150 poems ‘by’ Robert Burns, as received by Seymour, an American medium at the end of nineteenth century.  Lily Dale was a spiritualist community in south-western New […]