Poems on various Subjects, (English and Scotch,) …

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Printed for the Author, by W. Lochhead [1823].

8vo, pp. 159, [1]; rather stained and dusty throughout; in a worn contemporary presentation binding of red morocco, covers gilt with a fillet, spine gilt in compartments, gilt edges; authorial presentation inscription scraped away by a later owner but partly legible, repeated ownership inscriptions of Peter Hogg of Sandy Knowe, 1844.


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First edition, scarce, possibly the dedication copy though subsequently defaced, of this collection of poems by ‘The Berwickshire Ploughman’.

Hewit (1778–1850) had a brief early career in the navy and army before becoming a poetical ploughman, publishing his first collection Poems on various subjects, Scots and English in 1798. A second collection Poems on various subjects, chiefly Scottish appeared in 1807, from which sixteen pieces are reprinted here; the other twenty-three poems are new and include some ‘Lines to Sir W. Scott’ and ‘… to Auld Reekie’.

The inscription would appear to read ‘George Baillie? Esq. … the gift of the author … July 24’ – the printed dedication was to Baillie, Vice-Lieutenant of Berwickshire, as ‘patron of these rustic lays’. Its later owner Peter Hogg seems to have had little interest in this provenance but great love for the book itself.

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