Churchyard's Chips concerning Scotland
Being a Collection of Thomas Churchyard's Pieces Relative to that Country; with Historical Notices, and a Life of the Author.
First edition. Hardback bound in half-leather with five raised bands, contrasting title label and gilt decoration to the spine. 19 × 12cm, 211pp.
Illustrated with a Churchyard's handwriting and arms, this book collects the sixteenth century author and poet Thomas Churchyard's works on Scotland. Contents:
1. The Life of Churchyard, with an amended list of his many works.
2. Three MSS. from the British Museum: i. Churchyard's Letter to Secretary Cecil, from Bath, 24 May, 1569. [Lansdowne MSS]. ii. Lord Hunsdon's Letter to Secretary Walsingham; with Churchyard's MS Statement of the Message of the Earl of Arran to Lord Hunsdon, 28 June, 1581. iii. Churchyard's MS. Correspondence with Mrs Julia Pen; concerning his being Security, for the Earl of Oxford, 24 December, 1590.
3. The Wars of Queen Mary's Infancy [from Churchyard's Choise].
4. The Siege of Leith, in June, 1560.
5. The Rode of Sir William Drury into Scotland, during May 1570.
6. The Siege of Edinburgh Castle, in May, 1571.
7. The Earl of Morton's Tragedie, 1581. [From Churchyard's Challenge.] Prefixed are Anecdotes of Morton, from the State Papers.
The book is in very good condition for age. The pages have scattered foxing but the binding is sound. There is some wear to the front hinge and there is light rubbing to the corners.