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POEMS, by the Rev. Mr. Logan, one of the Ministers of Leith
Octavo, (22.5 cm), untrimmed in original publisher's boards and paper spine. pp vii, [1], 118, with the half-title page. Lacking the terminal blank. Boards rubbed, with wear at corners, old ink names; spine darkened, with chips to ends; joints and inner hinges cracked but boards still attached; contemporary ink inscription at front; small chip/tear to top edge of front free endpaper; only minor and occasional foxing but text generally quite clean and unworn; in all, VG, in original condition. ESTC T125580.>>> Includes the celebrated poem, "Ode to the Cuckoo," which Edmund Burke described as the most beautiful lyric in the English language, but which may or may not have been written by Logan. John Logan was a Scottish divine known for his intellect and rhetorical brilliance, but who also suffered from crippling depression and a heavy reliance on the drink. Adam Smith was a great admirer and described Logan as "a Clergyman of uncommon learning, taste, and ingenuity, but who cannot easily submit to the puritanical spirit of this country." (Smith to publisher Andrew Strahan). Because he sired a bastard with a servant girl in the year of publication of this work, he lost his position with his church and thereafter moved to London, where he died young. "Logan attended the University of Edinburgh and completed studies for the ministry. In 1770 Logan edited and published a collection of poetry (Poems on Several Occasions), including five poems written by {Michael] Bruce [1746-67], who was a college friend, and two poems on which the two collaborated. The volume as planned was slender. To increase its size, Logan inserted some poems of his own and some from other sources. In his preface he stated that these could easily be distinguished from Bruce's without attribution. When in 1781 Logan published a volume of what he claimed was his own work, he included what some later scholars - beginning in the early 1800s - claimed was Bruce's "Cuckoo". Several of Logan's sermons and lectures were also published, one of which was proved to have been written by another author." - EB. Binding: Hardcover .
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