The Curious Book.
Place and Imprint: Edinburgh: Printed by John Pillans for John Thomson; and Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, London, 1826.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: OCLC records ten copies (including a second or variant issue).
Condition: Some smudges and stains in the text; very good copy.
Book ID: 26426
Physical Description8vo, later green half calf, green cloth boards, red morocco label, gilt decorations and lettering, t.e.g., others untrimmed. Half-title and errata leaf present.
CommentsA collection of almost 90 literary anecdotes, including ones about Burns, Byron, Shelley, Boswell and John Gay, interspersed with occasional miscellaneous pieces, such as the account of the "Hungry Poet" with two of his poems. Almost all the pieces are unsigned, but at least two are attributed: A. Cunningham on the last moments of Roberts Burns and Walter Scott on the "Character of Lord Byron." There was a variant or probably second issue, with the title augmented slightly to The Curious Book; or, Literary Relics.
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