Greenock: Black Pennell Press, 1985.
Designed and Edited by Thomas Rae. Letter P of 26 (226) specially bound copies set in Caslon types and printed damp on Chester Light-toned handmade paper by Barcham Green. Accompanied by a proof suite of the 9 wood engravings by Kathleen Lindsley. 8vo. 8.5 X 5 ins. xiii, 84 pp. Full brown calf by Lumsden of Edinburgh with title blocked in gilt on spine and upper cover. The 9 wood engravings by Kathleen Lindsley, printed on Hosho paper and mounted in pairs, are fitted into a pocket at rear. McAlpine was an avowed patriot to the British cause in America. He landed in New york City in 1773, then in the hands of the British, and offered his services to the British Army. He acted as land agent, purveyor of cattle and horses, scout and spy for high ranking British officers and generals. As a Tory he ran into serious difficulties with his patriotic American neighbours who continually harassed him and stole or destroyed his property. He returned to Scotland a poorer but wiser man in 1779 having had his appeal fort reparations refused. John Prebble’s bookplate on front paste-down. Prebble was a historian best known for his studies of Scottish history. A fine copy of a beautifully printed book in its original slip case. Scarce.