An analysis of the Galic language. William Shaw.
An analysis of the Galic language

An analysis of the Galic language

Edinburgh: printed by W. and T. Ruddiman; for J. Jamieson, 1778. Second edition, 8vo, pp. xviii, [19]-171, [1]; old mottled calf recently rebacked, but not brilliantly; new endpapers; good and sound. In 1777 Samuel Johnson wrote for Shaw the Proposals for Printing by Analysis of the Scotch Celtic Language (see Fleeman 77.3SP). The following year Strahan printed a mere 350 copies of the work in quarto, with 182 subscribers taking 296 copies, leaving just 54 for sale. "Shaw's 'Preface' includes several verbal borrowings from Johnson's 'Proposals', and some echoes of Johnson's description of Iona from the Journey [to the Western Islands of Scotland, 1775]" (Fleeman). Shaw credits Johnson on p. xvii: "To the advice and encouragement of Dr. Johnson, the friend of letters and humanity, the public is indebted for these sheets." Fleeman 78.7SA/2a. Item #49117

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