The antient and modern State of the Parish of Cramond. To which are added, biographical and genealogical collections respecting some of the most considerable families and individuals connected with that district; comprehending a sketch of the life and projection of John Law of Lauriston...

Edinburgh, John Paterson, 1794.

4to, pp. vii, [1], 291, [3]; with 9 plates and 3 printed folding tables; title lightly dusty, else a fresh, clean copy in contemporary calf, rebacked preserving the original gilt red morocco lettering-piece; edges rubbed, a few scratches.


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First edition. The Antient and modern State of the Parish of Cramond has the distinction of not only preserving much local information which might otherwise have been lost, but is also one of the earliest genealogical and biographical accounts of the life and fortunes of John Law, Comptroller-General of the finances of France, who was its most distinguished resident.

John Philip Wood (1762-1838), styled "Honest John Wood" by his friend Sir Walter Scott, was deaf and dumb from infancy. The proceeds from this work were not great, as recorded in the Cramond Kirk Session Record in a letter from Wood to the Rev. Archd. Bonar. "At the time I published The Ancient and modern state of the Parish of Cramond, it was my intention to have appropriated the profits after defraying the expense of publication, to the use of the poor of the district. But I, now, find that in consequence of the very limited sale, so far from any profits accruing, I will sustain no small loss..." (see Fairley, Lauriston Castle, p. 14).

Goldsmiths’ 15936; Kress B.2868.

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