The Laird's Lykewake (Signed copy)
With handwritten poem from the author, a Glaswegian poet
First edition, hardback, bound in the original blue cloth boards with gilt titling to upper board and spine. All edges gilt. 19 × 12.5cm, viii + 208pp .
This copy has a lovely handwritten poem by the author opposing the title page,'"To My Esteemed Friend Mr James Smith. "O rare Ben Johnson!" cried an early wit, / In eulogy of him who sat and heard / The voice of Shakespeare, and with him conferr'd / Permitted in his prescence oft to sit. / And if, dear friend, at loss fit words to snatch, / I cry, glad-voiced—"O rarest Jamie Smith!" / That of itself would be meet praise wherewith / Thy worth and happy genius both to match. / The favourite thou of all the fabled Nine, / Striking at will sweet tones or saddening chords, / Or calling up in rumble-tumble line / Finis farcic group upon the comic boards, / Whilst unto thee the higher praise is due / Thous brave soul'd hard, to life and duty true. Alexander G Murdoch, Glasgow". A note written in another hand on the verso of the title page states "A G Murdoch, 168 Comely Park Street; Alexander Gartly Murdoch died at his residence—3 Belgrove Stree, Dennistoun, Glasgow, of pleurisy and after a lingering illness, aged 49, on Thursday February 12th 1891".
The second of Glasgow poet Alexander Murdoch's books, some of which written in Scottish dialect. A lykewake is a night spent watching over a dead body, typically acting as a celebration to mark the passing of the person's soul.
This copy is in fair condition only but scarce to find signed. The blue cloth boards have a water stain to the upper board which been rubbed around. The boards are rubbed quite heavily to the edges. The inner binding is strained and the last two pages (advertisements) are detached. The pages have some fingermarking etc but are generally in good condition.