Metrical Legends and other Poems. by SHARPE, Charles Kirkpatrick.

Metrical Legends and other Poems. by SHARPE, Charles Kirkpatrick.

~ Metrical Legends and other Poems. Oxford: [S. Collingwood], sold by J. Parker; and by Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, London, 1807.

8vo (220 × 125 mm), pp. [4], 107, [1], 16 (adverts). Uncut in original blue boards, drab paper spine with traces of old manuscript title. Joints cracked, with consequent wear, but secure. Small stamp (’B.H. Inglis’) to title verso, later bookplates of Hansard Watt and Charles Ballantyne. A very good, unsophisticated copy, preserved in a later red morocco slipcase.

First edition. Scottish antiquarian and Sharpe ‘lived in and for the past’ (Oxford DNB) and this early collection is steeped in Scottish occult lore and witchcraft (in which Sharpe was an acknowledged expert). Inspired by Scott, who became a lifetime friend and correspondent, the author spent a short spell at Oxford, but returned to Edinburgh in 1813, where he lived until his death in 1851. He left one of the most extensive collections of antiquities ever accumulated by a private individual in Scotland. Jackson, p. 310.

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