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It is the intention of the publishers to give, in addition to the likeness of the author engraved from a painting by Newton, which accompanies the first volume, a beautiful medallion portrait to preface the seventh and last volume. Of the present edition more than a hundred and sixty thousand parts have been issued, being equal to three hundred thousand volumes of the English edition.
The publication price affixed to this work is less, in reference to the quality of materials and style of execution, than that of any other production of the press in Europe or America. The investment and expenditures connected with this undertaking are much greater than usually attend a republication ; and it will be apparent that the publishers must rely on an extensive sale for their remuneration. They appeal with entire confidence to the American public, for a just and liberal support in their endeavours to disseminate the means of an enlightened and rational enjoyment.
CONNER AND COOKE. New York, July, 1834.
Two volumes of the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Johnny Armstrong's Good Night, Border were published in 1802;-a third followed in The Lads of Wamphray, IS13 ; and, in the course of subsequent editions, the The Battle of Philiphaugh, arrangement of the ballads underwent various The Gallant Grahames, changes, and numerous additions were made to the The Battle of Pentland Hill, Notes. Sir Walter Scott drew up, in March, 1830, The Battle of Loudon Hill, the "Introductory Remarks on Popular Poetry," The Battle of Bothwell Bridge, which appear at the head of the present volume, and Erlington, an “Essay on Imitations of the Ancient Ballad," The Douglas Tragedy, which will be given at the close of the Border Min Young Benjie, strelsy. He kept by him, as long as his health per Proud Lady Margaret, mitted him to continue his literary pursuits, an inter Sir Hugh Le Blond, leaved copy of the Collection by which his name Græme and Bewick, was first established, inserting various readings as The Lament of the Border Widow, chance threw them in his way, and enriching his Johnnie of Braidislee, annotations with whatever new lights conversation Katharine Janfarie, or books supplied. The Work is now printed ac The Dowie Dens of Yarrow, cording to the copy thus finally corrected, with The Gay Goss-hawk, some notes, distinguished by brackets, in which the Brown Adam, Editor has endeavoured to compress such additional Jellon Grahame, information concerning the incidents and localities Willie's Lady, mentioned in the Minstrelsy, as he could gather
Clerk Saunders, from the private correspondence of Sir Walter Scott, The Demon Lover, now in his hands, or remembered to have dropped Rose the Red and White Lilly, from his lips in the course of his rides among the
Fause Foudrage, scenery of Border warfare.
Kempion, One of the Reviewers of the Minstrelsy, when it The Wife of Ushor's Well, first appeared, said, “In this collection are the ma King Henry, terials for scores of metrical romances." This was Prince Robert, a prophetic critic. In the text and notes of this Annan Water, early publication, we can now trace the primary inci The Cruel Sister, dent, or broad outline, of almost every romance,
The Queen's Marie, whether in verse or in prose, which Sir Walter The Bonny Hind, Scout built in after life on the history or traditions And Thomas the Rhymer. of his country. The Editor has added references by Mr. Motherwell adds-"Fortunate it was for the which the reader will find it easy to compare the heroic and legendary song of Scotland that the work original detached anecdote, or brief sketch of cha- was undertaken, and still more fortunate that its racter in these pages, with the expanded or embel-execution devolved upon one so well qualified in lished narratives and delineations of the Author's every respect to do its subject the most ample jusgreater poems and novels.
tice. Long will it live, a noble and interesting moThe airs of some of these old ballads are for the nument of his unwearied research, curious and mifirst time appended to the present edition. The nute learning, genius, and taste. It is truly a patriot's selection includes those which Sir Walter Scott legacy to posterity; and much as it may be now bimself liked the best; and they are transcribed, esteemed, it is only in times yet gathering in the without variation, from the MSS. in his library. bosom of futurity, when the interesting traditions,
According to Mr. Motherwell, the Editor of “Min the chivalrous and romantic legends, the wild superstrelsy, Ancient and Modern, 1827,” the Old Ballads, stitions, the tragic songs of Scotland, have wholly which appeared for the first time in this collection, failed from the living memory, that this gift can be are forty-three in number, viz. :
duly appreciated. It is then that these volumes will Auld Maitland,
be conned with feelings akin to religious enthusiasm, The Song of the Outlaw Murray,
that their strange and mystic lore will be treasured Lord Ewrie,
up in the heart as the precious record of days for The Lochmaben Harper,
ever passed away-that their grand stern legends Jamie Telfer of the fair Dodhead,
will be listened to with reverential awe, as if the Kinmont Willie,
voice of a remote ancestor from the depths of the The Death of Featherstonehaugh,
tomb, had woke the thrilling strains of martial anBartrame's Dirge,
J. G. L. Archie o' Ca'field,
LONDON, March 12, 1833.