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The Bannatyne Manuscript

  • Author:
    Bannatyne, George
  • Publisher:
    Scolar Press in association with The National Library of Scotland., London, 1980
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National Library of Scotland Advocates' MS.1.1.6. With an Introduction by Denton Fox and William A. Ringler First edition, 1980. Hardback. Original blue cloth binding with contrasting title label to spine. Folio. xlv, [i], Facsimile section paginated p1 - p60, then f1 - f375 to recto pages. In September 1568 the plague came to Edinburgh and remained of epidemic proportions until December. Citizens who did not have to venture out confined themselves to their lodgings to avoid infection. George Banntyne, then in his twenty-third year began early in October, "in tyme of pest Quhen we fra lsbor was compeld to rest'" to compile "ane ballat buik" from manuscript "copies awld and mutillait" and various printed books. Sir Walter Scott asserted that Bannatyne had done nothing less than 'saving the literature of a whole nation'. Book in very good condition. A little bumping to corners - mostly affecting top corner of upper board. Some soiling to text block edges. Front paste down has the printed book plate of the late Eric Gerald Stanley (1923 - 2018), who was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford. Internally very clean and bright. This is a very large and heavy book. No additional shipping costs to UK post codes. If enquiring from overseas please ask for a shipping quote.
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