Book Description

1st Editions, 8vo format (22.5cm) Black cloth with gilt titles to spine. Pamphlets: (1) ‘An Orkney Elector’: Representations of Orkney and Shetland. What Have the Dundases Done for Orkney and Shetland? In a Letter to the Constituency, 1846 [Kirkwall, J. U. Anderson] 8pp. (2) ‘A Conservative Elector’: Observations on the Approaching Contest for the Parliamentary Representation of Orkney and Zetland Addressed to The Electors of the County. Aberdeen, Robert and George King, 1846, 12pp. (3) Troil, Magnus: Distress in Shetland. A Letter to the Earl of Zetland, Occasioned by his Published Reply to a Memorial from Proprietors, Traders, Etc. of Shetland, Requesting His co-operation to Afford Means of Employment for the Labouring Poor of the Islands. London, J. Unwin, 1847, 16pp (4) Troil, Magnus: A Second Letter to the Earl of Zetland, Kirkwall, J. U. Anderson, 1847, 167pp, (5) Hoy, Eric: A Letter to the Electors of Orkney & Zetland. Edinburgh, John Elder, [1847] 16pp (6)Troil, Magnus: Orkney and Shetland Election. A Letter to Eric Hoy, London, J. Unwin, 1847, 8pp, (7) Troil, Magnus: A Third Letter to the Earl of Zetland, from Magnus Troil. Kirkwall, J. U. Anderson, 1847, 8pp, (8) ‘An Orkney Elector’:Representation of Orkney and Shetland. What is to be Done for Orkney and Shetland? Being Another Letter to the Constituency, Kirkwall, J. U. Anderson, 1847, 20pp (9) ‘An Orkney Elector’: A Letter to the Electors of Orkney and Zetland; Kirkwall, J. U. Anderson, 1847 6pp [2] blank. (10) Gold, Andrew: A Letter to Arthur Anderson Esq. from Andrew Gold, Chamberlain to the Right Hon. The Earl of Zetland, in Orkney, Kirkwall, Kirkwall Press, 1847, 8pp, (11) [Mr Barclay of Currie?] A Voice from the Old Man of Hoy, Reciting and Vindicating the Sayings and Doings of Mr Arthur Anderson; Being a Patriarchal Address to the Electors of Orkney and Zetland, s.l, s.n. [1847] ‘Uttered at my Residence, Coast of Hoy, August, 12, 1847’ (12) Report of the Speeches of Mr Anderson and his Friends on the Hustings at Kirkwall, On the 12 August - the day of Nomination, Wick, John O’Groat, Journal Office, 1847, (16mo, 14.5cm), 24pp. Bound before the last pamphlet is an undated broadside titled ‘Queries. The Old Man of Hoy, who has proved himself so conversant with the Sayings and Doings of Mr Arthur Anderson, was asked to answer the following Questions; but the old fellow never leetit him on - he was deaf as a rock:. This is bound with a separate printing of the ‘Queries’ to which is subjoined (on a separate leaf) ‘Answers’ containing repostes to the ‘queries’. The broadsides and the final, small, pamphlet appear to be unrecorded. Not in the NLS. The contemporary cloth binding is sound. Original endpapers intact. Some wear to head and tail of spine. Water-staining to endpapers, but pamphlets are generally very clean save for some minor smudging and a few pencil marks and one or two corrections in ink.
Dealer Notes
A remarkable and comprehensive collection of pamphlets relating to the 1847 parliamentary election in Orkney and Shetland, in which the radical liberal Arthur Anderson was campaigning for the seat of the incumbent Frederick Dundas. Some venomous barbs fly between the various pamphlets, but the invective gets particularly heated and entertaining in exchanges between Eric Hoy and Magnus Troil. The former supported Dundas while the latter backed Anderson. Troil’s ‘Letter to Eric’ (a fine early example of what is today termed ‘trolling’) is written in an overly familiar style clearly intended to infuriate. Troil (the troll) ends with the following: ‘...when you next feel disposed to commit yourself to a two-penny, in print, bear in mind, that abuse is not argument - that the statement of inconvenient truths is very different from using “opprobrious expressions;” and, above all, Eric, my man, keep your temper.’ Though Anderson ultimately won the election, Dundas regained the seat in 1852.
All of these individual items are doubtless very scarce and I can find no record of the last pamphlet or the broadsides in any of the usual databases.
Author Troil, Magnus; Hoy, Eric; Gold Andrew, et al
Date 1846
Binding Cloth
Publisher Various: Kirkwall, Wick, Edinburgh, London
Condition Very Good

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