BESIDE THE BONNIE BRIER BUSH.
Edition: First American edition.
New York: Dodd, Mead, 1895. Hardcover first edition - The first, and most popular, book by this Scottish author and minister, published under the pen name of Maclaren. A collection of stories of Scottish rural life, which combined humor with pathos and a liberal use of Scots dialogue. The title of this book alludes to the Jacobite song ("There grows a bonnie brier bush in our Kailyard") and the term "Kailyard School" (kailyard is a small kale, or cabbage, kitchen garden attached to a cottage) was applied to a group of Scots writers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who were considered to be overly sentimental by their critics - or perhaps just too widely popular. 317 pp.
Condition: Very good light green cloth with a dark green border and decoration on front cover, gilt lettering on front and spine (gift card from Christmas 1896 affixed to front pastedown, previous owner's name)