London: George Routledge & Sons, 1936. [Scottish Biography] INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, an association copy. Octavo (26 x 16cm), pp. x; 320. INSCRIBED by the author in black ink to flyleaf: 'To | Mr. & Mrs. F.G. Scott, | with love | from | Mr. & Mrs. "Hugh MacDiarmid," | Whalsay | Shetland Islands | March 1936.' Publisher's pink cloth with gilt titles to spine. Top edge pink. With the dust-jacket titled in red and priced at 15s. Some spotting to edges; more lightly to endpapers. Spine a little toned, with some light handling to cloth. Jacket toned with some light spotting; more heavily browned to spine. Light rubbing to edges with a few closed tears. A lovely copy overall, near fine. Twelve short biographies of Scotch characters: Lord George Gordon; Sir Thomas Urquhart; William McGonagall; James Hogg; Prof. John Wilson; William Berry; Thomas Davidson; Elspeth Buchan; James Burnett; James Macpherson; William Lauder; and David Hume. This copy has been personally inscribed by the author to Francis George Scott, his former teacher at Langholm Academy, who later assisted him with his work, notably 'A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle' (1926), his best-known long poem. As a composer, Scott also set the poetry of MacDiarmid and other Scottish writers to music. Item #60948
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