A COLLECTION OF
BY JAMES BETT
LARGE HARD-BOUND BOOK. Original decorated cloth, repaired, 92pp, tipped in leaf opposite p. 92 (unrecorded in references - see below). Cannon ref: 328
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. The original covers have been repaired. Some water staining to the front cover and some loss to the gilt (see photo). Binding tight. Fresh dark endpapers. Hand-written copy of Alexander MacDonald's jig by Norman MacDonald . [This book belonged to, and all the notes within it were written by, Norman MacDonald of Skye - a well known piper who wrote Father John MacMillan of Barra - one of the most famous pipe marches ever penned.] Various notes/inks throughout (see photos below) including canntaireachd. Many of the tunes have their (original?) Gaelic names added in pen by MacDonald. A number of inserted cuttings relating to piping/pipe music, presumably collected by MacDonald. The book is not signed, but it was part of a large collection that was discovered on the floor of a Glasgow bookshop, all belonging to this piper - many of them signed (a few tatty examples of which I still have). A good and important copy of a very scarce collection. There is only one copy recorded on COPAC.
I am also selling a manuscript in Norman MacDonald's hand in a separate listing.
SEE PHOTOS BELOW TO READ A FULL LIST OF ALL THE TUNES IN THE COLLECTION.
From R. Cannon's Bibliography:
title; pp 1-37, marches 1-74; pp 38-51, strathspeys 1-48; pp 52-68, reels 1-47; pp 69-72, jigs 1-9; pp 73-92, pibrochs 1-20.
There is no imprint. Manson gives the date, 1899; place of publication, Strathtay; and price, 21s. No other edition is known, but in c. 1905 the price was 16s. 6d. (price list in Robert McKinnon's collection, No. 323, edn. IV).
On p 69 is a note: These jigs are published by kind permission of Mr. Wm. Sutherland, Airdrie.
N.B. This copy also has a tipped in leaf at the very end (not mentioned in any references) with a list of 27 of the tunes in the book and this note:
The Following Tunes have been inserted by permission of Mr David Glen, Bagpipe Maker, 8 Greenside Place, Edinburgh (see photo below).
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On 04-Mar-12 at 18:02:10 GMT, seller added the following information: