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’.
  The six works are - The Early Scottish Poetry, [1891]; Medieval Scottish Poetry, [1892]; Scottish Poetry of the Sixteenth Century, [1892]; Scottish Ballad Poetry, [1893]; Scottish Poetry of the Seventeenth Century, [1895]; Scottish Poetry of the Eighteenth Century (two volumes) [1896]. Amongst the numerous poets included are - Thomas the Rhymer, John Barbour, James Beattie, Robert Burns, William Falconer, Sir David Murray, Alexander Scott, Androw of Wyntoun, Henry the Minstrel, Henry (the Minstrel), King James the First, Robert Henryson, William Dunbar, and Gavin Douglas.

‘This collection presents the best works of about one hundred Scottish poets, from the earliest times up until the nineteenth century. The poems are carefully selected and reproduced from the best editions. Arranged by period and genre, each volume contains an historical introduction, and biographical details are given for all poets. In addition, historical notes are supplied for relevant poems and a selective glossary is provided. Combining the poems of nobility, men and women of the Scottish Enlightenment, plus historical, legendary, and romantic ballads, these attractively presented volumes form a comprehensive reference library for those both new to, and familiar with, Scottish poetry.’ - from the introduction to the 1997 Routledge reprint.

‘We have nothing but praise for the editor’s conduct of a most useful undertaking’ -

George Eyre-Todd (1862-1937), was a prolific author, editor, artist, campaigner and promoter of Scottish Heritage, lived at Caldarvan. Amongst the most well known of his works are
Highland Clans of Scotland; the Abbotsford Series of the Scottish Poets.

Provenance: David Murray with his bookplate to each volume. Later of David Fyfe Anderson (1904-88), Scottish surgeon, with his name dated 1955 to front free endpaper.

Reference: Daiches,
A Wee Dram, 12, 26, 35, 73,86.

Seven volumes. pp. [8] 220 [2]; [4] viii 269 [5]; [2] viii 269 [5]; [4] viii 323 [5]; [4] viii 296 [4]; [2] xii 234 [4]; [2] xii 335 [5].
  Bound in three quarter tan morocco over marbled boards, spine titled in gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt other uncut.   Condition: Near fine, light uniform sunning to spines, minor rubbing to edges, foxing to foredges.   Ref: 107054   Price: HK$ 4,000