by Rev. John Lane Buchanan.
London, printed for G.G.J. & J. Robinson and J. Debrett, 1793.
1st edition. 8vo. ppxi 251.
the contemporary half calf binding is rather tight with some straining to the hinges, resulting in the preliminary and end pages working loose. otherwise a good clean copy. book-plate of Elizabeth Pitcairn to front paste-down.
the very rare original edition of Buchanan’s account of his eight years spent amongst the Outer Hebrides, including St. Kilda, in his capacity as Missionary Minister to the Isles from the Church of Scotland, in which position he was well placed to record all aspects of life in the islands, and his account, at the time controversial, has left subsequent generations a valuable insight into island life in the late 18th century: the harsh social conditions, religious beliefs and superstitions, agriculture and trade systems, etc. of the islanders