The History of the Present Rebellion in Scotland. From the Departure of the Pretender's Son from Rome, Down to the Present Time … Taken from the Relation of Mr. James Macpherson ….

London: M. Cooper, 1745.

Price: $4,500.00

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First edition. [iv], 47, [1] pp., with half-title. 8vo. Contemporary Cambridge calf, gilt spine, citron morocco spine label, board edges gilt, a.e.g. Small ink splatter to margin of one page, else fine, in a custom cloth felt-lined clamshell box. Cross III, p. 310-1. Provenance: Archibald Algernon Henry St. Maur, 13 Duke of Somerset (bookplate); Duncan Cameron (bookplate); Louis & Anne Marie Davidson (bookplate).

Item #308060

First edition of the second of three anti-Jacobite tracts written by Fielding in October 1745 in response to the rebellion in Scotland. The work purports to be derived from the eyewitness account of Highlander James Macpherson, "entirely a figment of Fielding's imagination" (Battestin, p. 398). The work was published anonymously and later identified as Fielding's in Andrew Millar's advertisement of the author's works in the second edition of Sarah Fielding's Cleopatra and Octavia (1758). A fine copy in contemporary paneled calf of one of Fielding's rarest works on the market, with ABPC recording no copies sold at auction.

[bound after:] PATTEN, Robert. The History of the Rebellion in the Year 1715 … London: James Roberts, 1745. Folding map. Fourth edition [and:] FERGUSON, Capt. Adam. A Genuine Account of all the Persons of Note in Scotland, Who are Now Engaged in the Service of the Chevalier. London: J. Robinson, [c. 1745] [and:] Two Letters from a Gentlewoman Near Edinburgh to Her Daughter in London: Containing a Plain and Unaffected Narrative of What has Passed in that City Since the Commencement of the Present Rebellion. London: J. Robinson, 1745.