The Works Of Allan Ramsay: With Life Of The Author, 3 Volumes, 1848.
RAMSAY, Allan & CHALMERS, George.
Edinburgh, A. Fullerton and Co., 1848. Vol I, 340pp with frontispiece of Allan Ramsay. 9pp - 46pp The Life of Allan Ramsay, 47pp - 116pp Essay of the Genius and Writings of Ramsay by Lord Woodhouselee, 117pp - 126pp Verses to the Author, 127pp - 252pp Serious Poems, 255pp - 271pp Elegiac Poems, 275pp - 335pp Comic Poems and 335pp - 340pp Prologues and Epilogue. Vol II, 348pp with frontispiece of 'The Gentle Shepherd'. 2pp - 200pp Pastoral Poems, 203pp - 298pp Lyric Poems and 301pp - 348pp Satiric Poems. Vol III, 420pp with frontispiece of Habbies How. 9pp - 18pp Epigrammatical Poems, 21pp - 111pp Epistolary Poems, 117pp - 208pp Fables and Tales and 209pp - 420pp Appendix relative to his life and Posthumous Reputation. Hardcovers in original cloth bindings with titles to spines which are showing some wear however a complete set of these volumes. Ramsay's importance in literary history is twofold. As a pastoral writer ("in some respects the best in the world," according to James Henry Leigh Hunt) he contributed, at an early stage, to the naturalistic reaction of the 18th century. His Gentle Shepherd, by its directness of impression and its appreciation of country life, anticipates the attitude of the school which broke with neo-classical tradition. It has the "mixed" faults which make the greater poem of his Scots successor, Thomson, a " transitional " document, but these give it an historical, if not an individual, interest. His chief place is, however, as an editor. He is the connecting-link between the greater "Makars" of the 15th and 16th centuries, and Robert Fergusson and Robert Burns. He revived the interest in vernacular literature, and directly inspired the genius of his greater successors. 3 X 180 x 125mm. Bookseller Inventory # 000137