HYMNS, CATCHES, AND SCOTTISH SONGS

A Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, &c. in three Parts … 

[Edinburgh:] Sold by the Editor at his House … and by J. Hamilton, Music Seller … [c.1800?].

8vo, pp. 56 (pp. 49-56 are an ‘Appendix’); engraved throughout, with a final index page; somewhat foxed and soiled, but a good copy in contemporary or early roan-backed card with marbled sides; ownership inscriptions of James Wilson, of Simprin (Berwickshire).

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Second(?), expanded edition of this collection of (mostly) hymn tunes scored for treble, tenor, and bass. Though for most hymns the tunes only are printed, there are words for Cowper’s ‘Hark, my Soul!’ and one other, and at the end are the words and tunes for seven secular catches (in three parts), and the songs ‘The Lass of Peatie’s Mill’, ‘The Yellow Hair’d Laddie’, ‘The Soldier’s Return’, and ‘Gilderoy’. The Appendix here adds fourteen more hymn tunes, including two apparently by Wilson himself.

The music seller John Hamilton was active on the North Bridge from around 1796 to 1811, normally at No. 24 – here he is given at No. 26. We have been unable to identify the editor David Wilson with any certainty – he is named here as a ‘Teacher of Music’, from his house at the foot of Stonelaws Close, Cowgate.

Very rare – there were evidently a number of printings under the same title, all undated. Together Library Hub and OCLC show copies of an edition of forty-eight pages, presumably the first, at NLS, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Pittsburgh; copies of the present edition at Illinois and (possibly) NLS; and an oblong octavo edition of sixty-two pages (circa 1812) at NLS and BL.

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