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Gentle Shepherd

Author Ramsay, Allan
Title Gentle Shepherd
Imprint Glasgow: by A. Foulis
Date of Publication 1788
Language English
Notes This is a most unusual binding, with elements that suggest the influence of the style of James Scott of Edinburgh. The chequerboard design has alternating panels of tree and sprinkled calf, and the central panel has a gilt-bordered oval containing a stencilled star-burst within which is a gilt design of musical instruments and player's mask. The binding is probably Scottish, but we do not have anything comparable. The sense of structured design, and the use of the musical instruments within the oval, do suggest James Scott's work. The book contains aquatint plates by the Scottish artist and engraver David Allan, and also has two additonal plates (after p.14 and before p.93).
Shelfmark Bdg.m.156
Reference Sources Gaskell 688
Acquired on 10/06/04
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