[Finely-printed anonymous handbill poem, with headpiece attributed to Walter Crane - pencil note.] Impromptu. Rumbling Bridge, September 17, 1892.

Anonymous [Walter Crane; Rumbling Bridge, Perth and Kinross, Scotland; Marlee House, Blairgowrie; Kinloch Manse (now the Old Pastorie)]
Publication details: 
Printed not stated. [1892.]
SKU: 11899

4pp., 12mo. Printed in brown on cream laid paper. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. 58 lines in 13 stanzas. Headpiece attributed to Crane in pencil at head of first page, and clearly his (central figure of Diana, with reapers on either side). The first stanza reads: 'I'll rede ye a lay of a goodly band | That gathered from near and far | To a broad fair Strath of Bonnie Scotland | 'Mid the woods and waters rare.' Second stanza: 'O! the Manse of Kinloch, a warm retreat, | Stands up on the hillside clear; | And Marlee House lies snugly sweet | On the marge of the crystal mere.' References to 'Young Sidney and Edmund, names of renown' and 'a Printer's Devil come from the East'. Dated in type for a second time at the end: 'SEPTEMBER 17, 1892.' Scarce: the only copy on WorldCat or COPAC in the National Library of Scotland.