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Birnie, William; William Barclay Turnbull, ed. The blame of kirk-buriall, tending to perswade cemiteriall civilitie. London: W. Pickering; Edinburgh: G.A. Douglas, 1833. 4to (26.2 cm, 10.3"). xii,  pp. $200.00
First edition of this Pickering rendition of a 17th-century treatise on Scottish Presbyterian burial practices, originally printed in Edinburgh by R. Charteris in 1606. This is one of 100 copies printed, opening with a preliminary account of Birnie written by the editor — who notes that in addition to the religious interest of the text, the work also preserves "many old Scottish words and phrases now forgotten" (p. iv).
Binding: Contemporary signed binding, stamped R. Nelson on front free endpaper: Full brown pebbled leather, covers panelled in blind with lines extended past four-lobed corner rondels to terminate in pointed devices resembling pen nibs or arrows. Spine with gilt-stamped title.
Provenance: Presentation copy; front fly-leaf with inked inscription reading "Thomas Sharp Esqre. with the Editor's Compts." Sharp was a member of the Abbotsford Club (in Edinburgh), of which Turnbull was the founder and first secretary. Front pastedown with bookplate of Philip Sperling (1911–97), a bibliophile with a particular interest in books printed by Pickering. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1833.2; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), p. 53; Pickering & Chatto, William Pickering (catalogue 708), 59; NSTC 2B34959. Bound as above, spine and extremities worn and sunned. Endpapers with a few later pencilled annotations; bookplate and inscription as above, front fly-leaf with faint impression offset from something no longer present that bore a very elegant design involving a book-stack, a lamp of learning, and a scroll with the motto "studio minuente laborem." Pages clean. (39575) Please RESHELVE This.
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