Full title: A Collection of Strathspey Reels With a Bass for the Violoncello or Harpsichord Most humbly Dedicated to her Grace The Dutchess of Athole By Niel Gow at Dunkeld / Price 5sh.
Publisher: Edinburgh, Niel Gow
Printer: Butterworth 'script.' (designer of titlepage) Johnson 'sculpt.' (engraver of titlepage)
Seller: Edinburgh, Corri & Sutherland
Distinguishing features of this first issue/edition are: 'printed for the author', 'dedicated to the Dutchess of Athole', 'sold by Corri and Sutherland'.
Copies sold by Stewart, Corri and Sutherland, by Corri and Dussek, or by Corri, are not the first issue.
Later impressions of 1st edition, including those sold by Corri & Sutherland, and by Corri, Dussek & Co., have alterations to the musical text: for example 'The Flaggon' on p.5 includes B flats, as does the 2nd edition.
The Corri, Dussek & Co. printing appears to be from very worn plates. The GB-Gm copy, which belonged to Frank Kidson, includes a note that Gow was advertised as publisher in the Scots Magazine for August 1784.
Pages: 36 p
Dimensions: 34.5 x 25
Biographical info: Niel Gow (1727-1807), father of the famous Gow family, lived in Inver near Dunkeld. (Glen 2, viii-xiv; Grove; Alburger; Murdoch, 41-48) Gow's fourth son Nathaniel (1763-1831), violinist and Edinburgh publisher, was perhaps the most famous of the siblings; but his brothers William, John and Andrew also traded in music (John and Andrew in London). Nathaniel's son, Niel Junr., lived 1795-1823.
GB-P Af.28 (longer subscriber list, and inside cover note included with images of Af.36 as an appendix)
GB-A Sp.Colls. Lib R f78155(41) Gow Ni c 1
GB-A Sp.Colls. Lib R f78155(41) Gow Ni c 2
GB-En Glen 407(1)
GB-Eu Scott Stud Lib (lacking titlepage, catalogued as Corri: )
GB-Gu Ca12-y.35 (catalogued as [ca.1800])
GB-Lbl g.271.l.(1) (lacking subscriber list)
GB-Lbl h.3870.t.(4) (includes subscriber list)
GB-Ob Mus.119.c.G.17(1) (Corri & Company, catalogued as [ca.1792])
GB-Ob Harding Mus.F 123 (5) (catalogued as [ca.1795])
GB-Ob Tyson Mus. 1143(4) (catalogued as [ca.1797])
GB-Ob Harding Mus. F.116 (catalogued as [ca. 1797]),
GB-Ob Harding Mus. F124(1) (sold by N & M. Stewart, catalogued as [ca.1800])