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In offering this Edition of the Poems of Ramsay to the world, the Publishers beg leave to submit what they hope will be allowed to give this a preference to any former edition.
Some poems have been now added, which had escaped the diligence of former Collectors; and the whole book has been thrown into a new, and, they trust, a better arrangement.
They have endeavoured to ornament this Edition with such embellishments, as they presumed would be welcome to every reader : there is prefixed a portrait of the author, which has been finely engraved by Mr. Ryder, from a drawing which was made by Allan Ramsay, the poet's fon; the original of which is now in the possession of A. F. Tytler, Esq. of Edinburgh: there is added, as a tail-piece, an engraving of the rustic temple which has been dedicated by that gentleman, who happily possesses the supposed scene of the Gentle Shepherd, to the place, and poet. Curiosity, must,
naturally, naturally, be gratified, by the accurate fac fimile of the hand-writing of such an author, which is now first presented to the public.
It is understood, that Allan Ramsay, the painter, left fome account of his father for publication : but it is hoped, that the Public will be full as well pleased with the perusal of the Life of the Author, and the Remarks on his Poems, which have been written by the neutral pen of a stranger. .
at The Bookbinder is desired to place the Fac-simile, at the
End of the Life.