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Prince Charles Edward in Edinburgh 1745

Author Blaikie, Walter Biggar
Title Prince Charles Edward in Edinburgh 1745
Imprint [S.l. : s.n.}
Date of Publication [1901?]
Language English
Notes This is a bound mock-up of an unpublished book by Dr. W.B. Blaikie (1847-1928) which consists of galley proofs, without title-page or preliminaries, which have been cut into pages and mounted on the rectos of 52 leaves. Although there is no title proper, there is a printed paper label spine title which reads: Prince Charles Edward in Edinburgh 1745. The leaves have been paginated in pencil and there are also occasional penciled notes in the margins by the author. The work is bound in purple buckram with a printed paper spine label and with the wood-engraved bookplate of "Lansdale" of Philadelphia on the front pastedown. Although there is no extant imprint data it was most probably printed in Edinburgh by T. & A. Constable as Blaikie was a Chairman of that publishing house. There is an inscription in Blaikie's hand on the recto of the third leaf to fellow historian Maria Horner Lansdale (b. 1860), the author of Scotland, Historic and Romantic (1901). The inscription states that "This is a rough proof of the manuscript of a lecture given to the Philosophical Institution Edinburgh in January 1899 which I have always intended to correct (as there are several errors) amplify & partly rewrite to make a small book of but have never yet had time. I have had the uncorrected proof bound up this way for you in case it may be useful to you for your own book on Scotland." The lecture alluded to in the inscription may correspond to Blaikie's 60 page pamphlet entitled: Edinburgh at the time of the occupation of Prince Charles (Edinburgh: Constable, 1910). In addition to his association with T. & A. Constable, Blaikie was an eminent authority on the history of Jacobitism whose extensive collection of Jacobite History was bequeathed to the National Library of Scotland by his daughters in 1928.
Shelfmark H3.203.0666
Acquired on 03/02/03
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