Numerous editions of' Polemomiddinia' were published in the 18th and 19th centuries, and a 'free and extended' translation in Scottish verse appeared at Edinburgh in 1846, under the title 'The Muckomachy', crediting William Drummond as the author - but not identifying the translator. The poem begins by telling the reader that this is a tale of strife and war - and ends with a heartfelt prayer for peace... very apt for this century as we remember the end of the Great War, some 200 years later than the original was written.
William Drummond (1585–1649), titled "of Hawthornden", was a Scottish poet. After spending two years at Bourges and Paris studying law, he returned to Scotland in 1609, where on the death of his father in 1610 he became laird of Hawthornden at the early age of 24. A handwritten list of the books he had read up to this time indicates a strong preference for imaginative literature, and shows him to be keenly interested in contemporary verse. Indeed, his collection (now in the library of the University of Edinburgh) contains many first editions of the most famous productions of the age. On finding himself his own master, Drummond abandoned law to devote himself to poetry.
Our little book is in very nice condition for its age, bound in purplish-brown textured cloth with a red-brown leather spine. There are few external signs of wear - some rubbing at top & tail of the spine and down the long edges, slight fading of the cloth around edges, and minimal bumping of corners (no damage). Text block edges are brown-speckled. Inside, the binding is firm with no loose pages; all pages clean; half-title and title pages somewhat browned; final page quite browned. The brightness of the endpapers contrasting with the browned pages suggests a possible rebinding.