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A Review of the Governments of Sparta and Athens.
Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. and sold by G. Nicol 1794 - FIRST AND ONLY EDITION, a few spots here and there, pp. [viii], 282, [2, offset from title-page on verso of last leaf], 8vo, contemporary mottled calf, narrow double gilt fillets on sides with a tiny roll tooled rope within them, inner roll tooled floral border, spine gilt in compartments, black lettering piece, crack to upper joint but cords holding, minor wear to extremities, Lady Charlotte Murray's copy with her oval printed book-label inside the front cover and the title-page inscribed 'C.M. 1794, A Present from the Author'. An elegant copy of a scarce book. Sir William Drummond of Logiealmond (1770?–1828), classical scholar and diplomatist: 'In the latter part of his career Drummond returned to his scholarly interests. He was an active member of the Dilettanti Society, which was by this time an important patron of classical archaeology. He had already published a Review of the Governments of Sparta and Athens in 1795 [sic], and the Satires of Persius, Translated in 1798, which had been well received . It was Drummond's religious speculations, however, that caused a sensation. In 1805 he published his Academical Questions. He wrote to[the earl of] Aberdeen: I have attempted to veil its real meaning; but I am afraid that our bigots will take the alarm I have avoided all remarks upon our peculiar religion. The constitution of the country has given us a creed We must expect the hoi polloi to be under the guidance of some superstition or another; and I do not think ours the most mischievous I know' (ODNB). There are several candidates for Lady Charlotte Murray. Drummond himself had married a Murray. However this is likely to be Charlotte Murray, Duchess of Atholl, the 8th Baroness Strange (1731–1805). In 1753 she married her first cousin, John Murray at Dunkeld, thus there was no change to her married name. Her first child was also Lady Charlotte Murray, the botanist. Neil Gow (a native of Dunkeld) composed a tune, Lady Charlotte Murray, dedicated to one or both of them. (ESTC T117942)
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