The Poetical Works of Janet Little, the Scotch Milkmaid. JANET LITTLE.

The Poetical Works of Janet Little, the Scotch Milkmaid.

Publisher: Air: Printed by John & Peter Wilson, 1792.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, pages 203-204; Lonsdale, Eighteenth Century Women Poets, pages 453-455.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed; some light foxing; very good copy.
Book ID: 27842


8vo, mid-19th century red half morocco, marbled paper boards, gilt rules and decorations, t.e.g., others untrimmed. 17-page list of subscribers.


The only book by Janet Little (1759-1813), a "rustic poetess" (Lonsdale), who ran a dairy and worked as a housemaid. One of her employers was sympathetic with her literary inclinations and gave her an introduction to Robert Burns, who helped with the subscription of this volume. It contains over 50 poems, heavily Scottish and domestic in theme, with numerous literary references, including poems about Burns and reading Mrs. Montagu and Elizabeth Rowe. Little had asked James Boswell, who is a subscriber, to allow her to dedicate the volume to him, but he declined.

Price: $1,500.00

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