Last of the Lairds : The Life and Opinions of Malachi Mailings Esq. of Auldbiggings. First Edition in dustjacket

By: GALT, John Gordon, Ian A. (ed.)

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GALT, John. The Last of the Lairds : The Life and Opinions of Malachi Mailings Esq. of Auldbiggings. Edited from the original manuscript by Ian A. Gordon. Edinburgh & London : Scottish Academic Press, 1976. First Edition. Pp (8),vii-xx,1-170. 8vo [140 x 220 mm], black cloth, gilt lettering to spine."Originally written in 1826, this is the first publication of Galt's "vulg ar and unclean" manuscript in its original and unexpurgated form." John Galt (b. May 2, 1779, Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland – d. April 11, 1839, Greenock, Scotland) was a Scottish novelist, entrepreneur, and political and socialcommentator. "Galt wrote The Last of the Lairds in 1826 as a riotous and u ninhibited finale to the series oi novels for which he had become celebrated, including such favourites as Annals of the Parish, The Provost and The Entail. Yet, successful novelist though he become, his manuscript was not published. It was considered too full of 'vulgarity and uncleanness' and was converted into a pleasant Scots pastoral romance, which has been regularly reprinted ever since. Gait's real Laird is presented for the first time in this edition, after a century and a half of censorship. The 'narrator' of this earthy comedy finds his aged friend, the Laird of Auldbiggings, sunk indebt and memories. With a local widow, Mrs. Soorocks, he hatches a plot to enliven the final years of this stubborn old man by getting him comfortabl y married to an ageing spinster. But the plot outruns the plotters. After an instant wedding contrived by the resouirceful Mrs. Soorocks, the bankruptLaird and his astute new bride outwit their rival, the wealthy Nabob in an auction scene of high comedy, and retire in triumph to live in Edinburgh's gracious Georgian New Town. The gallery of characters, both major and mino r, contains some of Galt's finest comic creations, and the racy dialogues are sustained in dramatic comic scenes. Yet the book is no mere bawdy farce.It has serious overtones, and in the end it is elegiac, a gentle farewell to the values of a vanishing rural society." (from the dj). Small label stain to front paste-down, else very good in price-clipped dustjacket. 25.00

Title: Last of the Lairds : The Life and Opinions of Malachi Mailings Esq. of Auldbiggings. First Edition in dustjacket

Author Name: GALT, John Gordon, Ian A. (ed.)

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Publisher: Scottish Academic Press, Edinburgh, 1976, ISBN:0701121750:

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