FARQUHAR, William. ~ Poems on several Occasions: consisting of Elegies & Epistles, Miscellanies & Scottish Pieces. Edinburgh: Printed for the author. 1794.
8vo (215 × 128 mm), pp. viii, viii, , vi-vii, , 10-192 (complete with divisional title to ‘Elegies’ noted in ESTC, but with advertisement, dedication and address bound after title in this copy); long closed tear (no loss) to pp. 169-70; slightly later blank slip pasted to half-title obscuring an early inscription; uncut in original blue boards; rather discoloured and worn, wanting spine.
First edition of the author’s only published work. Farquhar was born at Aberdeen around 1771 and the Poems, are dedicated in patriotic spirit to Sir James Sterling, Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of Edinburgh and to the Edinburgh Volunteers. A poem of thirty-four lines 'To Dr Beattie' on p. 63 (’ACCEPT, great BEATTIE, from an humble pen, / Th’ effusions of an heart sincere and plain...’) praises Beattie and thanks him for allowing the author to grace the poem with his name. Not in Jackson.