Edmund and Velina, a legendary Tale. And Albert and Ellen,…

~ Edmund and Velina, a legendary Tale. And Albert and Ellen, a Danish Ballad. Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable at the Cross, 1797.

Small 4to (195 × 160 mm), pp. iv, [1], 4-29, [1], complete with engraved sepia frontispiece and vignette to p. 29. Disbound.

First edition of this combination, preceded by an exceptionally rare issue of the first poem (Elcho castle; or, Edmund & Velina: a tale. Sterling, 1796 known in a single copy, at Toronto). Jaffray was a native of Sterling and this elegant publication is dedicated to his former teacher, one David Doig, ‘Rector of the Grammar School, Stirling, author of Letters on the Savage State, Poem on the View from Sterling Castle, &c. &c.’ The two charming sepia illustrations depict highland scenes. A footnote explains the setting of the first ballad: ‘ELCHO CASTLE is situated upon the banks of the river Tay, a few miles below the town of Perth; and is now the property of the Earl of Wemyss. It is frequently mentioned by Blind Harry, in his life of Sir William Wallce; and in those days it must have been a place of considerable strength.’ Jackson p. 217. ESTC lists copies at BL, Cambridge, NLS, Harvard and Yale only.

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