Four Books of Choice Old Scotish Ballads, MDCCCXXIII-MDCCCXLIV.Edinburgh: [R. Syme & son, printers], 1868 Stock Code: 127672
First collected edition, one of 155 unnumbered copies printed for private circulation. The four books were respectively published in 1823, 1824, 1827 and 1844, all in a very small print run, with this being the second printing of each.
With the tipped-in bookplate produced by the Scottish artist Katherine Cameron (1874-1965) for her husband Arthur Kay (1861-1939), alongside the gilt-stamped heraldic device of the art collector R. T. Hamilton Bruce (1846-1899).
Octavo (191 x 119 mm). Early 20th-century tree calf by Zaehnsdorf, green morocco labels, gilt lion rampant device to covers, red patterned endpapers, gilt edges.
Portrait frontispiece of the editor and woodcut illustrations.
Spine tanned, light rubbing to extremities, else a near-fine copy.
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