BOOK OF THE CLUB OF TRUE HIGHLANDERS, WITH 70 LARGE FOLIO PLATES
NORTH, C.N. MacIntyre. Leabhar Comunn nam fior Ghael. The Book of the Club of True Highlanders. London: Richard Smythson, (1881). Two volumes. Folio (13-1/2 by 17 inches), early half black morocco gilt rebacked, raised bands, red morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers. $3200.
First edition, with 70 large folio plates depicting important individuals, dress, customs, art, objects, musical instruments and music of the Scottish highland clans.
"The principal portion of the work is an endeavor—Firstly, To supplement the valuable contributions to the History of the Highlands and Highland manners which have been made by Logan the historian, Menzies, Imlah, McDonald, and other Members of the Club of True Highanders… Secondly, To weed out and detect the various mistakes, mis-statements, and errors that have gradually been accepted, without question… Thirdly, To preserve the exact form and presentment of arms, armour, musical instruments, dress, agricultural implements, and other relics, by careful measured details, taken in the majority of the cases from the originals, and drawn to uniform scale, and by careful fac-simile copies and photo-lithographs of ancient drawings, and of such portions of ancient MSS , as tend in any way to throw light on the ancient manners and customs of the 'clann nan gaidheal.'"
Marginal closed tears to a few leaves of text and plates, occasional faint marginal dampstaining to plates; plate XXXVII toned. Quite scarce.