HOGG, James. ~ The Queen’s Wake: a legendary Poem. Edinburgh: by Andrew Balfour, for George Goldie in Edinburgh and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown in London, 1813.
8vo (210 × 125 mm), pp. , 353, . Contemporary sprinkled calf, panelled spine tooled in blind, red morocco label. Slightly rubbed, joints cracked but cords secure. Early ownership inscription; John Tawse, York Place [Edinburgh]. A good copy.
First edition of the ‘Ettrick Shepherd’s’ first major success, the work which placed him on a par with Scott and Byron as fashionable poets of the 1810s. In dialect throughout, the poem imagines a return to Scotland of Mary Queen of Scots, and a poetical contest (the ‘Wake’) held in her honour at Holyrood. Jackson, p. 371.