Scottish Love Poems: A Personal Anthology - Antonia FraserEdinburgh: Canongate, 1975, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier toning to the spine and a slight grubby appearance overall. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
From the cover: “The purpose of this anthology is first and foremost to give pleasure. It has a secondary intention: to demonstrate the romantic richness of Scottish love poetry down the ages to the present day.
Antonia Fraser has been happily diverted from her historical researches to prepare this anthology: in the course of her work on Mary, Queen of Scots and King James, she was struck by the wealth and passion of sixteenth-century Scottish love poetry, but she demonstrates here that Romantic Scotland is a reality which has survived the passing of the centuries. She has not only chosen some of the best known and most beautiful poems by writers like Burns, Byron and Hugh MacDiarmid, but many others less familiar, including a number by the younger generation of poets writing today. She has made no attempt to ‘represent’ any particular poet, or to include any poem out of dutiful respect for its excellence: the choice is entirely her own. The result is a very personal collection, which it is hoped will be a source of lasting pleasure.”