Noctes Ambrosianae by Professor Wilson. A New Edition Edited by his Son-in-Law Professor Ferrier - John Wilson, John Gibson Lockhart, James Hogg 1876 - William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London - First Edition Thus ‘North. The jug is a most excellent one, James. Edinburgh is supplied with very fine water.

Shepherd. Gie me the real Glenleevit – such as Awmrose aye has in the hoose – and I weel believe that I could mak drinkable toddy out o’ seawater. The human mind never tires o’ Glenleevit, ony mair than o’ cauler (fresh) air. If a body could just find out the exac proper proportion o’ quantity that ought to be drank every day, and keep to that, I verily trow that he micht leeve for ever, without dying at a’, and that doctors and kirkyards would go out of fashion.’

This sentiment about the virtue of Glenlivet, the classic pot-still malt whisky, is put into the mouth of the poet James Hogg (1770-1835), whom Wilson called the
Ettrick Shepherd, as Hogg really had begun life as a shepherd and was widely regarded as a self-taught rustic genius. Wilson built up his character in the Noctes with condescending affection as a loquacious, sentimental, heavy-drinking, romantic loved of nature.’ - David Daiches, A Wee Dram.

John Wilson (1785-1854), who wrote under the pen-name of Christopher North, was the principal author of this series of invented conversations, conducted by real people under assumed names, that appeared in
Blackwood’s Magazine between 1822 and 1835 under the title Noctes Ambrosianae (Ambrosian Nights): Ambrose’s was the name of the Edinburgh tavern where the conversations took place, in a highly convivial atmosphere.

Four finely bound volumes, each with engraved frontispiece.
  References: David Daiches, A Wee Dram, 21, 49. Ian Buxton, 101 Legendary Whiskies, 193. Quote taken from Noctes Ambrosianae (Vol I p276).

Octavo, four volumes (binding size 19x13cm), pp. xxviii 389 [2]; [2] xiv 428 [2]; [2] xiii [1] 382 [2]; [2] xi [1] 368 [2]. All bound with half-titles.
  Finely bound in full tan calf, spines elaborately tooled in gilt, twin morocco labels of red and green lettered in gilt, twin fillet gilt borders to front and rear boards, enclosing single border in blind, gilt tooled edges, marbled endpapers and edges.   Condition: Fine in near fine bindings, rubbing to edges and corners, one or two spots to covers.   Ref: 109679   Price: HK$ 5,000