Edinburgh: Printed for the Author. Sold at the Exchange Coffee House; where Advertisements are taken in. 1716. 1st Printing. Each issue ~ 10 pages. The Evening Post: 4 pp, bound-in after the second issue of the Scots Courant. 7-1/2" x 6-1/4". Modern tan full speckled calf binding, executed in a period style, renewed eps. Maroon leather title label to second compartment. Binding - Fine. Text block - VG (some age-toning to paper). Item #49750
The Scots Courant serial began with Mar. 20, 1710 issue, ceasing publication with Apr. 22, 1720 issue; here offered a collection of 46 issues from 1716. Please note, all title leaves but the initial one are missing, the presumed publication dates of subsequent issues are taken from the first dates of the Letters / articles within each issue, and are only inferred [but reasonably so].
The collection contains fascinating, and detailed, 'as it is happening' news, including, but not limited to, the aftermath of the Jacobite Rebellion, details of Prisoner Lists, Rebel Trials, Parliament, Proclamations, Kings Appointments, Troops, etc, primarily local but also news from abroad. For example, scanning the contents, we find the following:
Kings 'Proclamation for apprehending Thomas Forrester Junior .. person of Middle Stature, inclining to be fat, well shaped, his mouth wide, nose pretty large and speaks the Northern Dialect' (General Thomas Forster [1683 – 1738], served as a general of the Jacobite army in the 1715 Uprising. He was heavily defeated at the Battle of Preston and surrendered. He was imprisoned in Newgate Prison, but escaped to France in 1716. The details of his escape and the text of the royal proclamation ordering his arrest were published).
Rebel and Pretender News, Lists of Prisoners, Rebel Trials, names of prisoners on trial at Liverpool & Manchester, the final speech of Earl of Derwentwater before his execution, 'Repairing the St. Leopold Man of War, damaged Coast of Tuscany'
Regiments of Wetzel and Carassa are on the March, Troops from Bavaria, House of Commons have resolved that Ten Thousand Men be allowed for the Sea Service, Letter from Baron Roth governor of Fort Kehl .. he has not yet received any money for the Repair of Fortress.. the French reinforce their Companies of Dragoons', Turkish Corsairs make frequent descents upon the coast of Italy, Bank of Scotland Bonds, Arch-Dutchess Daughter of late Emperor Joseph indisposed was immediately let blood .. she was found to be ill of Small-pox.
'Patrick Hurley the notorious Cheat took lodgings and went by the name of Captain Edward Johnson pretended to fall in love with the Landlords sister .. he died suddenly, he made his mistress a present of rich diamonds which proved to be Kerry Stones and gave his Land lord Sham Bills..he was buried in a Christian manner which is more than he deserved. He has been married to about forty women in England and Ireland, play'd a great many cheating Tricks in London, was whipt in Bridewell, made his escape along a common sewer.. and was well known all over England by other names than his own'
Faile Ferguson a HIghlander was found not guilty for he fully prov'd that he was forc'd into the service.
Besides Bears and Wolves there are some unknown Species of Animals some like Tygers some like Leopards and other resumbling Lynxes all which are extremely voracious and bold and ravage the Country in a Terrible Manner.
Probability of a Rebellion in Hungary, Report that the Pretender was return'd to Barleduc is contradicted, Declaration of the King published for encouraging Footmen and servants .. to inform against their masters. Etc, Etc.
A wonderful primary source for the period. Per OCLC, quite scarce institutionally, and copies, much less extended runs such as here, rarely come on the market.