Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1832. 1st Edition (NCBEL III, 269). , ii, 379, [1 (blank)] pp. Crown 8vo. 6-7/8" x 4-1/4". Original publisher's deep purple cloth, with boards stamped in blind & gilt stamped title lettering to spine. Yellow eps. Square & tight. Spine sunned. A VG+ copy. Item #41666
Hogg was the ambitious son of a poor Scottish farmer, almost entirely self-educated, who read books & composed poems as he tended sheep, hence the subsequent sobriquet. Some of his early efforts came to the attention of Walter Scott who became something of a patron. In 1810, he left the countryside for Edinburgh desirous of making his literary fortune, whereat shortly thereafter he wrote The Queen's Wake , which no less a critic than Lord Byron admired & recommended to his own publisher, John Murray. Hogg went on to become the best known "rustic" Scottish poet after Burns, lionized, prolific, and, like many in his profession, almost eternally in debt.