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The Musical Repository: A Collection Of favourite Scotch, English, and Irish Songs, Set to music.
Glasgow: Printed by Alex. Adam, For A. Carrick, booksellers, Saltmarket, 1799. F'cap 16mo in quarter sheets; half-title not called for; wood-engraved vignette at end of Contents, followed by wood-engraved fly-title with text on verso; music printed from type throughout; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.278+2; A - I, K - U, X - Z, Aa - Ii, Kk - Mm4; contemporary full sheep, spine ruled gilt, black lettering-piece with guinea-roll rules, gilt; a.e. stained green, fore-edges mainly trimmed. Front joint cracking, minute chip to leather of headband, and sheep worn over one corner; light dusting throughout and one or two small stains, but a very good copy, near-nice considering the nature of the book. All the contents are anonymous, but the volume includes a good number of songs by Burns, several with titles that vary from those given in Egerer, presumably from different sources, and possibly with variant texts. `Coming thro' the Rye' for example, which according to Egerer 8e first appeared in Vol.V. of the `Scots Musical Museum' 1n 1796, is here entitled `Gin a Body meet a Body'; the `Lament of Mary Queen of Scots on the Approach of Spring' first published in volume two of the 1793 `Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect' (Egerer, 25), appears here as `Qheen Mary's Lament'. Other songs, such as `My Heart is a-breaking, Dear Titty', which Egerer records as first appearing in Vol.II, Set 3 of `Original Scottish Airs' in 1799 (Egerer, 25c) may in fact have been first collected in the present work. This volume is not recorded by Egerer, and would very possibly repay some study. … [Click Below for Full Description]
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