Edinburgh: James Watson, 1711. Folio (335 x 214 mm). Fine engraved frontispiece portrait of the William Drummond of Hawthornden. Contemporary divinity calf. Some light wear, front joint partly split at top; some minor pale marginal dampstaining, occasional pale browning. Provenance: George Edward Dimock (bookplate); Fletcher and Maude Battershall (bookplate); purchased from Goodspeed's Book Shop, 1975. From the Collection of Arthur & Charlotte Vershbow. Item #401712
FIRST COLLECTED EDITION, including Drummond's biographies of the Five Jameses, essays, letters and descriptions of pageants and festivities he witnessed. In his essay entitled "Of Libraries,” he writes: "Libraries are as Forrests, in which not only tall Cedars and Oaks are to be found, but Bushes too and dwarfish Shrubs." In 1627, the Scottish poet presented his own library to the University of Edinburgh (see R. H. MacDonald, The Library of Drummond of Hawthornden, 1971). His original archive in the National Library of Scotland represents the most substantial body of working papers to have survived of any British poet of the Caroline period. Lowndes 675.