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Allan Ramsay 1684-1758; Thomas Campbell
c1810 ASSOCIATION COPY RAMSAY THE GENTLE SHEPHARD ANNOTATED BY THOMAS CAMPBELL
1810. THE GENTLE SHEPHERD: A PASTORAL COMEDY. [SCOTTISH POETS] [ASSOCIATION COPY] [MARGINALIA] Allan Ramsay (1684-1758); Thomas Campbell (1777-1844). Extracted from a volume of Ramsay's poems. Publisher/place of publication unidentified, through no lack of due diligence, though old bookseller's description [c1930], notes London, c1810. 8vo. Pagination: [4], 50-194, [1]. Artfully restored in 3/4 Hewitt calf, spine in five compartments, original marbled-paper covered boards, leather title-labels stamped in gilt; minimal archival conservation to pastedowns. Front endpaper bearing presentation inscription: "To Miss Mayow/ with best respects from/ T. Campbell". There are extensive marginal annotations in Campbell's hand throughout the book, in the nature of translation of Scottish [Gaelic] words, phrases, and proverbs, with occasional comments on the verse. They comprise in all several hundred words. Most of the songs are crossed out, "Please omit the songs in reading for the sake of interest in the Drama". Campbell's well documented friendship with the Mayow family was long and intimate. Wynell Mayow, father of the recipient, was the original of Albert in Campbell's Gertrude of Wyoming, and numerous letters from Campbell to Miss Mayow appear in Beattie's Life and Letters of Thomas Campbell. A biography of Ramsay along with an excerpt of his Gentle Shepherd would later appear in Campbell's seven volume Specimens of the British Poets; With Biographical and Critical Notices, and An Essay on English Poetry, London: John Murray, 1819. "The admirers of the Gentle Shepherd must perhap … [Click Below for Full Description]
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