373 – P/M Donald MacLeod’s Collection of Music for the Bagpipe by Donald MacLeod

An update by Geoff Hore 2008-2015.  The writing in black font is from A Bibliography of Bagpipe Music. The update comments are in blue font.

 

Book 1

I      1954

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Book 1: p [i], title; p [ii], index; pp 1-45, tunes (48); p [46], advertisement.

Paper covers. 6.9 x 10.2″

  • The Author’s Collection.

Book 1 was first advertised as ‘just published’, price 5s., in the Piping Times, September 1954; it was reviewed in the same journal, October 1954. The British Library copy is dated [c. 1960] in the catalogue, and may be of a later printing.

The book in the writer’s collection has a hand written date on the title-page 1/10/54; this is the date it was received by the previous owner and undoubtedly is the first edition.

c1968
Pipe Major / Donald / MacLeod’s / collection of music / for the bagpipe / Book 1./

Mozart Allan / 84 Carlton Place / Glasgow C.5.
Below title, left: Copyright Right: Price 6/- net

Book 1: p [i], title; p [ii], index; pp 1-45, tunes (48); p [46], advertisement.

Paper covers. 6.9 x 10.2″.

The copy described above was purchased in 1968.

c1970

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Front Cover

Contents as in I.

  • The Author’s Collection.

This book was purchased in the 1970s. The writer has another one that is identical to this one but was purchased in about 1984. It is apparent this book was reprinted at regular intervals using the same plates and thus making it almost impossible to determine when it was published.

 

Book 2

1     1957

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Front Cover

p [i], title; p [ii], index; pp 1-45, tunes (45); p [46], advertisement.

  • The Author’s Collection.

This book is the edition cited by Cannon in the original Bibliography and was advertised for sale in the Piping Times October 1957 page 15 and on the following two pages is a review by an unnamed person.

c1971

Contents as I.

The Author’s Collection

This book has a hand written price, £1-00, on the front cover. This format contrasts with the pre-decimal currency style that existed in UK and can be dated after 1971.

The writer has another edition that is identical to this one and was purchased in 1984.

 

Book 3

I      1962

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Front Cover

p [i], title; p [ii], index; pp 1-50, tunes (61).

  • The Author’s Collection.

The Piping Times April 1962 advertises this book as ‘Available from May’ and the price 9/6.

After 1971

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Front Cover

Contents as I.

  • The Author’s Collection.

The writer has two books that appear to be identical except the cover on one is a slightly different blue which suggests they are from different printings. One of these was purchased new in 1984. The other has eight blank pages which is obviously a printing error.

Book 4

I       1967

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Front Cover

p [i], title; p [ii], biographical note; p [iii], foreword; p [iv], index; pp 1-57, tunes (61); p [58] blank.

  • The Author’s Collection.

The note on p [ii] is headed ‘From the Publisher’, and dated 1967.

II       1988

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Front Cover

p [i], title; p [ii], biographical note; p [iii], foreword; p [iv], index; pp 1-57, tunes (61); p [58-60] advertisements.

  • The Author’s Collection.

This edition is identical to edition I except for the title-page and the addition of advertisements at the rear of the book.

 

Book 5

I      ND

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Front Cover

p [i], foreword; p [ii], contents; pp [1], 2-17, marches (18); pp 18-22, slow airs (6) and piobaireachd (1); pp 23-28, strathspeys (8); pp 29-35, reels (10); pp 36-37, hornpipes (2); pp 38-44, jigs (9).

  • The Author’s Collection.

There is no title-page and the above scanning is from the front cover. There is no date anywhere in the book to indicate when it was published. The writer has a second copy of this book that has two subtle differences that may mean it came from an earlier, or later, printing than the one pictured above. The ‘Printed in Scotland’ at the bottom of the cover is so close to the bottom of the page that it is almost cut off. Although the covers are an orange/yellow colour one of them is slightly darker.

 

Book 6

I      c1975

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Front Cover

p [i], foreword; p [ii], contents; pp [1], 2-3, slow airs (5); pp 4-5, retreats (2), and march (1); pp 6-19, marches (16); pp 20-21, piobaireachd; p 22, march; pp 23-26, strathspeys (9); pp 27-31, reels (7); pp 32- 38, jigs (8); pp 39-40, hornpipes (2); p [41] blank; p [42], advertisement.

  • The Author’s Collection.

There is no title-page and the above scanning is taken from the front cover. Once again there is no date however Donald MacLeod visited in New Zealand in early 1976 and had a limited number of these books with him and stated that it had only recently been published.

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