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Abbotsford Series of the Scottish Poets - George Eyre-Todd (Editor)

1891 -1896 - William Hodge, Glasgow - First Editions
Six works finely bound in seven volumes, packed with ballads and poems of conviviality, from Robert Fergusson’s ode to the ‘Daft-Days’ [Vol VII p135], and Burns’ ‘Tam O’Shanter’ and ‘Willie Brew'd A Peck O' Maut’[Vol VII p176/217], to Henryson’s ‘Testament of Cresseid’ [Vol II p.104] in which, according to Daiches, we may assume the first recorded wee dram in Scottish literature, and Allan Ramsay’s ‘Up i’ the Air’....

‘Tak’ your glass to clear your een,
It’s the elixir heals the spleen;
Baith wit and mirth it will inspire,
And gently puffs the lover's fire.
Up i’ the air,
It drives away care,
Hae wi’ ye, hae wi’ ye, and hae wi’ ye, lads, yet.’ [Vol.VI, p.65].

The first and still comprehensive collection of the Scottish poets, combined with Eyre-Todd’s biographical details for each poet, and historic notes, glossary and essays. Which on publication the
Spectator praised as ‘a useful and indeed a valuable contribution to the history of Scottish literature’. 
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