1828 A New, Improved, and Authentic Life of James Allan, the Celebrated Northumberland Piper
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Early Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding, Signed Binding, Very Scarce
A very scarce early edition of James Thompson's account of the life of famous Northumberland piper James Allan, published in the same year as Thompson's first edition.
Illustrated with six engraved plates after designs by George Cruikshank. Collated, complete.
'Collected from sources of genuine authority' by the author, and with further explanatory notes from E. Mackenzie, this work details the life of the troublesome piper.
Born on 1734, Allan began his career at Alnwick Castle where he was made Official Piper to Elizabeth Percy, Countess of Northumberland. He travelled the world, but his fortunes took a turn when in 1803 he was convicted of stealing a horse, and was sentenced to death, ultimately dying in Durham Gaol in 1810.
With the illustrated bookplate of Lawrence Waters Jenkins of the Massachusetts Historical Society to the front pastedown. With the inscription 'Woodland Cottage' to the head of the title page.
An excellent copy of this scarce work.
In a half morocco signed binding, with marbled paper covered boards. Externally, excellent, with rubbing to fore edge of front board resulting in small losses to the leather. Illustrated bookplate to front pastedown. Front hinge starting, with board holding firm. Internally, firmly bound. Pages a touch age toned to paper type, but clean. Inscription to head of title page. Offsetting to title page and pages facing plates.
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