· Glasgow [Scotland]
A pedlar leaves a strange "long pack" at the house of a rich colonel on the banks of North Tyne in Northumberland; one of the servants, terrified to see the pack move, fires on it and finds he has killed a man armed with a cutlass and four pistols, who has been ingeniously folded up into the pack. Fearing a plan to rob the house, the servants summon reinforcements and a fierce gun battle ensues when the dead man's accomplices — a gang of robbers who apparently included some men of good family — attack the house, but are beaten off by the inhabitants.
Attributed to James Hogg [1770 –1835] by the New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, this tale was first published in 1817; known as the "Ettrick Shepherd", Hogg was born in Ettrick Forest and indeed began his life as a shepherd. His literary talents were discovered by Scott, and he was a friend of Byron, Wordsworth and Southey.
A woodcut border frames the title page, which features a woodcut vignette of a seated man in kilt, plaid and bonnet, playing the bagpipes; there is also a woodcut tail-piece "[No.] 24" is printed at the foot of the title. Very good. Original self wrappers (unbound; removed). (Inventory #: 38499)