A star studded collection of rare poetic manuscripts by Scottish writers is to go on view at Bonhams, 22 Queen Street Edinburgh.
The works will be available on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th February between 10:00 and 17:00. Because of the fragility of the documents, viewing will be by appointment only and can be arranged by contacting Henry Baggott on 0131 240 0916.
The works include:
• revised manuscripts in his own hand of Robert Burns' beautiful 'Afton Braes -- tune banks of Tay' from 1789, estimated at £15,000-20,000 and of his famous song ' (My) Nanie's awa', of 1791 (£15,000-18,000).
• Walter Scott's autograph revised manuscript draft of his celebrated 1816 song 'The Pibroch of Donuil Dhu' (£5,000-7,000)
• A charming, unpublished, nonsense ditty by Robert Louis Stephenson.
• Handwritten manuscripts by Hugh MacDiarmid, James Hogg, 'The Ettrick Shepherd', Thomas Campbell ('Lord Ullin's Daughter'), Norman MacCaig ('Aunt Julia'), Allan Ramsay and an unpublished and very characteristic poem by William McGonagall in praise of the marriage of the Duke of York.
• The manuscript of a poem, well-loved in Scotland, 'McAndrew's Hymn' by Rudyard Kipling will also be on display.
The manuscripts are to be sold at Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London on April 10 and May 8 during the sale of the Roy Davids Collection Part III: Poetry: Poetical Manuscripts and Portraits of Poets. This has been described as the finest collection of poetry ever to come to auction and is the fruit of 40 years of collecting by the poet and scholar Roy Davids. As Mr Davids himself says, "it would now be impossible for the present collection to be even approximately replicated.'
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