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THE LATE THOMAS TOD STODDART, Esq.
New edition, Price 68 6d, post free,
Songs of the Seasons and other Poems,
BY THOMAS TOD STODDART, AUTHOR OF “TNE ANGLER'S COMPANION," "AN ANGLER'S RAMBLES AND ANGLING
BONGS, " “ABEL MASSINGER," ETC., ETC.
At the request of the Publishers, Mr. STODDART wrote an Autobiography for this edition, the final revision of which he completed a few days before his death. The Autobiography extends to 40 pages, and contains many characteristic reminiscences and reflections, and an enumeration of his remarkably wide acquaintance with men of note in various walks of life.
The Autobiography is illustrated by the following Photographs :-
.(Misses Brocklehurst and Booth, amateurs.) SHERIFF GLASS FORD BELL....
....(Annan, Glasgore.) JOHN WILSON (Son of Christopher North)........(Mackintosh, Kelso.) AULD ROB O' THE TROWS... ..(From Frain': Subscription Picture.) A FAMILY GROUP.....
(Mackintosh, Kelso.) THE WINDINGS OF THE TEVIOT.
.(Mackintosh, Kelso.) THE TWEED AT KELSO...
(Wilson, Aberdeen.) THE AUTHOR'S FAVOURITE DOG “OBIE”. ..(Mackintosh, Kelso.) Mr. STODDART took great interest in these illustrations, putting himself to no little trouble in obtaining the best negatives, so as to procure satisfactory pictures. The last meeting between him and the publishers was about the Photos at Mackintosh's Studio on the day he lay down to die.
The impression of the Autobiographical Edition of the “Songs of the Seasons was limited to 250, and of these only 36 copies are unsold.
Rev. W. W. TULLOCH, of Maxwell Church, Glasgow, in his "Tangled Talk” in Glasgow Weekly Citizen, writes of this work :-“Dear old Tom Stoddart,' as he was always called in the beautiful Border town of Kelso, where I made his acquaintance, and retained a friendship which only ended with his death. I hope one day to write a magazine article upon this veteran angler and ancient ally, and for this reason I should be very much obliged to any of my readers who could give me the loan of, or, better still, make me a present of “The Death Wake,” “The Scottish Angler," and “The Angler's Companion;" or let me know where I could pick them up. The books of Mr. Stoddart Í already have are—"An Angler's Rambles and Angling Songs," and "Songs of the Seasons,” published by Messrs. Edmonston & Douglas, and also a very nice edition of the latter book, accompanied by a valuable autobiography and some capital photographs, published by that most enterprising, if somewhat pernickity' bookseller and publisher, Mr. Jas. Rutherfurd, of Kelso, who has been waging a terrible conflict of late with the Post Office authorities on the subject of the addresses on telegrams, and whose Border Almanac, an admirable production, always comes as a welcome Christmas present."
Cloth, price 5s 6d; Half Morocco, Rough Edges, 7s 6d, post free,
The Lay of the Last Angler.
BY THE HON, AND Rev. ROBERT LIDDELL,
FORMERLY VICAR OF ST. PAUL'S, WILTON PLACE, LONDON. With Photo. Portrait, and 8 Reproductions of Etchings of Angling Scenes
on the Tweed and the Earn, by the Author.
To which is added, now first printed,
A DESCRIPTIVE SKETCH OF REDCAR, YORKSHIRE,
By permission of the Author, these privately-issued and much-prized “Lays" are now collected and issued to the public in a handsome illustrated volume. The publishers feel confident that these racy, lively, and graphic descriptions of angling experiences will be in great favour with all who can appreciate open-air enjoyment and piscatorial pursuits. Scottish anglers especially, whether fortunate or unfortunate, whether confined to the capture of trout or boasting of exploits with the nobler salmon, will in these angling poems live their experiences over again, and therefore greatly prize the volume. [Since the work was first published the author spent some of his leisure in angling, and during October and November of last year (1887) captured no fewer than 182 salmon and grilse, the aggregate weight being 1 ton, 2 cwt., 76 lb! to commemorate which he wrote a fifth canto.] Letter to the Publishers from the Right Hon. JOHN BRIGHT, M.P.
“132, Piccadilly, Dec. 3, 1884. “DEAR SIR,—I thank you for sending me Mr. Liddell's little book. I have read it through, and have found it very amusing. It gives a capital description of the pleasures and the disappointments of the anglers for salmon on your famous river. Mr. Liddell has had a large experience of both, and bas told his story with admirable exactness and freedom.-Yours very truly,
“ JOHN BRIGHT. “Mr. J. H. Rutherfurd, 20, Square, Kelso."
This Volume can also be had with Canto V. added.
NE W CANTO
The Lay of the Last Angler.
BY THE HON. AND REV. ROBERT LIDDELL.
In Alexandra Svo, handsome Cloth, Gilt Edges, price 3s 6d, post free,
THE POETICAL WORKS OF DR. JOHN LEYDEN,
With BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIR by Sir Walter Scott, and Supplementary Memoir embracing many new facts in Leyden's Life, and a full account of the Centenary Celebration at Denholm; and illustrated with Portrait, Views of Leyden's Birthplace and Monument at Denholm, fac similes of the Poet's Handwriting, and Steel Engravings, &c.
“This is incomparably the best edition of Leyden's works that has yet appeared.
Whether or not the portrait is correct in all its features, it was undoubtedly sketched from life, and it is the only one known to be in existence, and it is uncommonly well executed. The engraving of the poet's birthplace, from a photograph by J. Y. Hunter, Hawick, is a great improvement on all former pictures of the cottage, for it exhibits the house as it really is, with no fantastic or imaginary figures or features about it. It is obvious that no expense and no trouble have been spared to make this a really splendid reprint of Leyden's works, and we feel warranted in saying that it not only has never been, but never will be, surpassed as a memorial of the true-hearted Border bard, Dr. John Leyden."-Kelso Chronicle, Nov. 19, 1875.
“ John Leyden's own district has produced a volume of his poems and life worthy of him.
The supplementary memoir does justice to Leyden as a scholar, while gathering up a mass of interesting details regarding his Eastern career which have hitherto been scattered over many publications. Justice is also done to his little known translation work for the Bible Society. This standard edition ..."--Edinburgh Daily Review, Dec. 8, 1875.
“We have only to add that considerable credit is due to the printers of Kelso for turning out so excellent a specimen of typography, and for getting up the book in so handsome a style."--Glasgow llerald, Dec. 11, 1875.
Lately Published, in Cloth 18, Paper Cover 6d, LEY DEN’S SCENES OF INFANCY,
With a Biographical Sketch of Leyden's Life by Rev. W. W. Tulloch,
A.M., Glasgow (formerly of Kelso). “It would be difficult to praise too highly the graceful and elegantlywritten memoir of the poet with which the Rev. W. W. Tulloch, one of the most scholarly and promising young divines in the Established Church of Scotland, has prefaced the work. Mr. Tulloch has a competent knowledge of the picturesque literary life of the time when Leyden, Campbell, Scott, Brown, Sidney Smith, Henry Mackenzie, Archibald Constable, and a brilliant host of authors and critics gave Edinburgh society its piquancy and charm.” - London Daily Telegraph, Sept. 3, 1875.
Just Published, Crown 8vo, price 2s 6d, BORDER AND OTHER POEMS.
BY ROBERT ALLAN, JEDBURGH.
PRESS OPINIONS. “Mr. Robert Allan, in his . Boriler and other Poems,' has twineri a pleasing garland of verse, both grave and gay, in honour of Jed Forest and Rule Water. There is a genuine ring about his sentiment, whether he is singing about the charms of nature in the Border country, and of rural love and courtship, or inditing elegiac and didactic stanzas."-Scotsman, May 9, 1887.
“Mr. Allan has shown that he possesses the genius of versification, and the feelings and characteristics that go to make up a successful poet."--Border Advertiser, May 11, 1887.
“ The voice of this singer has been heard before, but in this second appearance he comes before us better attuned, and his notes make clearer, sweeter, truer, firmer, and deeper melody than when he came before us with his untrained youth upon him.
It will be a dull heart indeed which he fails to thrill, uplift, and enrapture, as it follows his lark-like elevation, and listens to the free-flood of his melody.
Mr. Allan's volume is the production of a finely-attuned heart and a finely-poetic mind. It will be a pity and a discredit if his work is not recognised and rewarded.”— Berwickshire News, May 17, 1887.
“He is undoubtedly at his best when playing on the Doric reed. Among the pleasant poems in the volume may be mentioned “The Emigrant's Return to the Rule,'"The Wild Bracken Glen,' and 'Mary-Annic.'"--Kelso Vail.
'Mr. Allan is gradually and surely taking a respectable place among the Border poets.”- North British Daily Mail, June 13, 1887.
“ The author of these poenis writes a flowing style, and has an easy command of the Scotch dialect of to-day. His ethical and religious sentiments are irreproachable." — Academy, Aug. 6, 1887.
“We have already alluded to the new volume of poems written by Mr. Robert Allan, and a second perusal confirms the impression then formed. The poem on Jedburgh Abbey' will be perused with much interest, and the review of events which have in the great Time-torrent disappeared' is very striking. ... The Mother's Lament' will come home to the hearts of many. ... There is also a notable poem on the glory-bringing spring' which comes to winter-wearied men.' We have already referred to the Ballad on the Rise and Fall of a Maister Badman.' The characterisation in this sketch shows that the author has somewhere met the original. ... The Ballad of the Wicked Farmer' may be a portrait, and it is hoped that the original, like a certain other hero, 'will tak' a thocht and men':'. In paying a “Last Tribute' , . . the true and blessed optimism is reached in the confession
"Oh, ever it is our highest good to find
God and our work-wbat tinds the wisest more ?' The closing words of the finely-printed volume may fitly close our noticeit is an extract froin the poem 'Night and Nature':
''Tis he, and he alone, that lives for God,
At morn he goes to toil,
A ceaseless intercession for the race.'" - Teviotdale Record, June 18, 1887.
Lately published, Post Svo, price 48 6d, post free,
Autobiography of Yohn Younger,
With characteristic Portrait on Steel. John Younger was a man altogether out of the ordinary stamp. Though he received very little education, he was assiduous in his self-improvement in various ways. He was a man of strong mental powers, and what may be called original and liberal views. His experiences and habits of thought were far from commonplace, and his literary productions are of a superior order. He was the author of a racy little book on “River Angling," a poetical volume entitled “ Thoughts as they Rise," &c He carried off the second prize for the best essay on the Sabbath, offered by the Evangelical Alliance, and his essay had a very large circulation. For many years he carried on an extensive correspondence with notables, including, for instance, Ebenezer Elliot, the Corn Law Rhymer.
“He was a man in whose intellect and sturdy honesty I took great interest long before he became famous for his prize essay. I used in those days to stay frequently during my autumn holidays at the Inn at St Boswells, if not at Mertoun House, and became quite intimate with old John; and many a time, when the river would not fish, have I sat down on an old ricketty wooden chair, with no back to it, by the old man, while he was at work at his trade in his cottage (Patmos), enjoying his shrewd conversation on all sorts of subjects, to say nothing of the instruction he was able to give upon the gentle craft of angling, in which we were both equally enthusiasts. The man who most reminds me of him in many ways is Thomas Edwards, the Scotch Naturalist, whose Life by Smiles created such a sensation two or three years ago.”—Letter to the Publishers from the Hon. and Rev. Robert Liddell, ex-vicar of St. Albans, London. Price 28 6d, Bound in Cloth, post free, and a proper size for the Pocket,
a New Edition of
River Angling for Salmon and Trout.
BY THE LATE JOHN YOUNGER, ST. BOSWELLS. With additional Chapters on CREEPER, STONE-FLY, and WORM FISHING,
by the Editor; and a Portrait and Short Memoir of the Author. “This is a new and improved edition of one of the most pleasant and useful little books on this pleasant subject. It is needless to say what we have said before, that John Younger's instruction and advices as to angling, are most valuable, as the fruits of long experience and great shrewdness.' -Scotsman.
“To the young trout fisherman we say, get Younger's little book and study it, and you have the whole art of trout fishing. To old fishermen we can say that it is the best and most practical book upon this class of fishing ever published.”—The Field. A few copies of the 1861 Edition, containing Younger's “ Fresh Hints on the
Nature of the Salmon," &c., price 2s 6d, are still to be had. “ To us, who leave the gentle art to more patient and painstaking spirits than our own, the best part of the book is that which contains some · Fresh Hints on the Nature of the Salmon,' and for conducting the Salmon Fisheries of the Tweed."
- Sunderland Times.