ONE OF ABOUT 60 "FINE" COPIES WITH ATTRACTIVE HAND-COLOURED AQUATINT VIEWS (1827)

SHAW, Lachlan

The History of the Province of Moray: By the Rev. Lachlan Shaw. New Edition. Brought down to the Year 1826.

Published: Elgin: Printed by and for J. Grant

Date: 1827

small folio (30.5 x 23.8 cms.) [2 (title)], iv, [2 (contents & list of plates)], 4 (list of subscribers), 276, (275)-498pp., large folding map, 14 aquatint plates (by W. Read after drawings by J. Grant and Allan Hay) most with tissue guards, both map and plates with contemporary hand colour, additional leaf at the end with a manuscript index, high quality and very handsome modern half rich tan diced calf, spine panelled by broad raised bands each of which is highlighted by double gilt fillets and has a design composed of three gilt fillets and gilt ornaments on the top of the band, one panel direct gilt lettered, old marble on sides, old printed ticket (from an earlier binding) of "James D. Yeadon/ Bookseller, Stationer,/ and Librarian, 12 High Street, Elgin" replaced on front endpaper and likewise on verso of front endpaper "H. Sotheran & Co, 136 Strand, London",some light foxing throughout, foxing noticeable on 2 plates, else a very nice copy in a very handsome binding.

Provenance
Contemporary signature on title page "Alexr. Stuart" (a subscriber) and with neat manuscript marginal notes in his hand in 'The Protestant Church' section near the end and with a manuscript index in his hand on an additional leaf bound in at the rear.

Bibliography
SUBSCRIBER'S COPY IN A HANDSOME BINDING

Note
The list names 159 subscribers of whom 59 took a "fine copy" (5 persons took 2 "fine" copies). "Alexander Stuart, Esq, Edinburgh" took a fine copy. In this context "fine" presumably means that the plates were coloured by hand. Shaw (1686?–1777), Church of Scotland minister and historian, "was a respected local historian who corresponded with many eminent figures ... Shaw was chiefly known for his History of the Province of Moray, published in 1775 and posthumously revised and republished in 1827 and 1882. During the early 1750s he also continued A Genealogical Dedication of the Family of Rose of Kilravock, written by Hew Rose in 1683–4 and printed in 1848. His ‘Account of the family of Mackintosh’, written in 1758, remained unpublished" [O.D.N.B.].

£1800

Offered by P & B Rowan