SMITH (ALEXANDER HOWLAND, 'ANTIQUE')
Collection of forgeries by or attributed to Alexander Howland ('Antique') Smith, including forgeries of letters documents and verses by Mary Queen of Scots, James VI, Oliver Cromwell, Montrose, Argyle, the Jacobite Earls of Panmure and Mar, the Jacobite Alexander Gordon, Rob Roy, Allan Ramsay, Oliver Goldsmith, William Wordsworth, James Hogg, Walter Scott (mostly to John Ballantyne), Robert Tannahill, Robert Southey, Thomas Campbell, Thomas Moore, PB. Shelley, Thomas de Quincey, T.B. Macaulay, H.W. Longfellow, W.M. Thackeray, and Charles Dickens; plus a fine and extensive range of Smith's Burns forgeries, with over thirty poems all 'signed' including the supposedly autograph printer's copy of "Poems chiefly in the Scottish Dialect by Robt Burns/ No 2/ Mr John Wilson/ Printer/ Kilmarnock" (comprising 'The Holy Fair', 'Epistle to James Smith' and 'Address to the Devil'), and favourites such as 'Address to a Haggis', 'Ye Flowery Banks o' Bonnie Doon', and 'To a Mouse', several bearing attestations purportedly by James Hogg, [c.1885-1892]
- A copy of 'Poems and Letters in the Handwriting of Robert Burns' (published by The Burns Club of St. Louis, 1908), is included in the lot.