Book Description

BUCHAN, John. ‘The Literature of the County’, an offprint from Vol. 1, Chapter 5, Pp. 165-216, (Pp 165-224 in total as it also contains the following chapter 'The woollen Industry in Peeblesshire') from the three volume A History of Peeblesshire, edited by James Walter Buchan. Np. (Glasgow): Np; Nd. (Jackson, Wylie & Co 1925). Presentation copy from John Buchan to C. M. Grieve (Hugh MacDiarmid): ‘C. M. Grieve/ from/ John Buchan/ July(?) 1925’. Plain brown wrappers. All edges slightly foxed, front and end papers slightly dusty and rear wrapper stained at bottom fore-edge otherwise a very good copy.
Dealer Notes
An interesting association between the Unionist Buchan and the Marxist/ Nationalist C. M. Grieve (Hugh MacDiarmid). It was John Buchan who penned this contribution, and perhaps the following on the woollen industry in Peeblesshire, to A History of Peebleshire. The preface to volume I names him as one of the editors although to what extent is not known.
Grieve did not hold Buchan in high regard as a writer as he made clear in the chapter from The Company I’ve Kept titled ‘Queer Bedfellows’ where he writes ‘Buchan was not a poet of any consequence, nor did I think him a novelist of consequence either. I told him so and he wrote agreeing with me.’ Despite this Grieve dedicated his first book Annals of the Five Senses to Buchan; he also asked Buchan to write the introduction to his first collection of poetry as MacDiarmid, Sangshaw, published in the same year as this presentation.
Grieve/ MacDiarmid is the most important scottish poet of the 20th Century and ranks with the other great Modernist Poets of the early part of the last century.
Author BUCHAN, John.
Date 1925
Binding Plain wrappers.
Publisher Np. (Glasgow): Np; Nd. (Jackson, Wylie & Co 1925)
Condition See description

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