The Gentle Shepherd, a Scotch Pastoral … attempted in English by Margaret Turner.

London: Printed for the Author, by T. Bensley; and sold by G. Nicol … and by Mrs. Turner … 1790.

8vo, pp. viii, xi, [1], [2], [206 (facing spread in Scots and English, ff. 103)], [1], 6, [2 (errata)]; a fine copy in attractive contemporary straight-grain Morocco, panelled gilt to a geometric design, spine gilt in six compartments with circles and flowers on a pointillé field, purple watered silk endpapers, head of spine chipped; ownership inscription ‘M: Vincent’ to title-page.


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First edition of this parallel-text translation of Ramsay’s Scots verse drama, a subscriber’s copy from the library of Mary, Lady Vincent, née Chiswell, wife of Sir Francis Vincent (1747–1793), resident consul at Venice.

Curiously there had been two earlier ‘translations’ of Ramsay’s drama, in 1777 by Cornelius Vanderstop, and in 1785 by W. Ward. Turner later published a novel Infatuation; or Sketches from Nature (1810).

Jackson 13871.

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