SHIRREFS, Andrew. ~ Poems in the Scottish Dialect... Edinburgh: Printed for the Author, by D. Willison: and sold by W. Creech and P. Hill, Edinburgh; and G. G. J. & J. Robinsons, London. 1790.
8vo (225 × 145 mm), pp. xxviii, , xv-365, ; 41, , complete with half-title, subscribers’ list and glossary with separate pagination, plus engraved portrait; offset from the portrait to the title; uncut in the original paper backed blue boards, spine labelled in early manuscript ‘Scotch Poems’; slightly rubbed and soiled, upper joint just cracked, but a very appealing unsophisticated copy.
First edition. ‘Andrew Shirreffs was educated at the grammar school [Aberdeen], entered Marischal College in 1779, and graduated MA in 1783. He lost both legs and consequently abandoned the intention of following a learned profession, and began business in Aberdeen as a bookseller and bookbinder’ (Oxford DNB). He is best known for his pastoral comedy Jamie and Bess, performed at Aberdeen and Edinburgh and he was proprietor and joint editor of the Caledonian Magazine. When the latter ceased in 1790 he made his way to Edinburgh where this collection was published.
The Monthly Review was generally favourable, but commented: ‘This bard may stand on the same shelf with Mr. Burn [sic]: --- but not too near him.’ Jackson, p. 160.