The Gentle Shepherd, a Scotch Pastoral … Attempted in English…

The Gentle Shepherd, a Scotch Pastoral … Attempted in English by Margaret Turner. by RAMSAY, Allan.

~ The Gentle Shepherd, a Scotch Pastoral … Attempted in English by Margaret Turner. London: Printed for the Author, by T. Bensley; and sold by G. Nicol, Bookseller to His Majesty … and by Mrs. Turner, No. 56, Upper Norton Street, Portland Road. 1790.

8vo (219 × 133 mm), pp. viii, xi, [1], 103, 103, [1], 6, [2]; printed in Scots dialect and English on facing pages; a couple of chips to the lower edge of K3; contemporary tree calf, rebacked, corners worn; the Sutherland copy, with the arms of the Earl of Sutherland in gilt to both boards.

First edition of this adaptation, published by subscription and dedicated to the Prince of Wales. According to the subscribers’ list, the Countess of Sutherland took two copies.

‘We know no reason that Mrs. Turner has to blush (as she does, in her modest address to her readers,) for a performance executed with strict fidelity, especially with the support of so very respectable a list of subscribers; and when it may even be added that, in some particular instances, she has even improved on her author …’ (Monthly Review). Jackson, p. 157.

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