[Aberdeen]: Privately Printed, 1886.
Limited Edition. Leather bound. 7 1/2" X 5 3/4". 39pp. Edition limited to 35 copies, this copy marked Printer's Copy. Quarter bound in leather with marbled paper over boards. Gilt rubbed from sunned spine, lettering still readable. Rather heavy edgewear to binding, with corners rubbed to boards and bumped. Top edge gilt. Bookplate to front paste-down. Gift inscription to front free endpaper. Music notation facing page 24 printed upside down. Front hinge a little tender, binding remains sound. Pages unmarked. Author uncertain: A Concise Bibliography of the History, Topography, and Institutions of the Shires of Aberdeen, Banff, and Kincardine by James Fowler Kellas Johnstone (1914) attributes this title to William Walker; "Aberdeen Journal" Notes and Queries Volume I (1908) attributes it to Alexander Walker, sometime Dean of Guild of Aberdeen. From "Fore-Words": "Amid the polish and refinements of modern life which are so fast assimilating the manners and costumes of all classes, rural and urban, the songs, ballads, and witty tales over which past generations of our forefathers made merry, almost to side-splitting, are fast disappearing, if not altogether being lost. While in nowise regretting such a change--the following examples of their rough and ready muse, all of local interest, and mostly of some literary merit, are here rescued from the wreckage for the perusal of those who care to study such aspects of the by-gone life of our 'North Countrie.' Nine holdings in OCLC at time of posting. Good +. Item #1793