The Queen’s Wake: a legendary Poem. by HOGG, James.

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~ 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. [8], 353, [1]. 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.

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