LANG, ANDREW (1844-1912, Scottish poet)
Lot 270
LANG, ANDREW (1844-1912, Scottish poet) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'SALMO IRRITANS', 1890
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LANG, ANDREW (1844-1912, Scottish poet)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'SALMO IRRITANS', 28 lines in three eight-line stanzas and one four-stanza, with four autograph revisions, and with a note in another hand 'Composed at Chiefswood in October 1890 by Mr Andrew Land and presented to D.A. Shennan', written on printed notepaper of 'Chiefswood, Melrose, N[orth] B[ritain]', tipped into a second edition of Lang's 'In the Wrong Paradise and Other Stories', 1887, with a printed note 'From the Author', bookplate of D.A. Shennan, original cloth, octavo, 1890

A most accommodating fish
Is he who lies in stream or pot.
Who rises frequent as you wish
At silver doctor, or a Jock Scott
Or any other fly you've got
In all the piscatory clans, -
You strike, but ah, you strike him not,
He is the Salmo Irritans...

Since this manuscript is written on notepaper of the place where the poem was composed it may well be the first version of it. It was first published in the Fishing Gazette. Lang was the author of Angling Sketches, in which the phrase 'Salmo irritans' occurs in his essay 'A Tweedsmuir Sketch'. There are two reconsidered readings in later versions. Chiefswood had been owned by Sir Walter Scott and his son-in-law, Lockhart.

Collections of Andrew Lang's manuscripts are at Harvard, the Lockwood Library and the Honnold Library, Claremont, in America and various institutions in Britain.
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