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BURNS, Robert.

Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect.

Edinburgh, printed for the Author, and sold by William Creech, 1787 Stock Code: 141696
£2,500.00

In contemporary sheep

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Notes

First Edinburgh edition, the second overall, in an attractive contemporary binding. This edition was preceded only by the highly rare Kilmarnock edition of 1786, from which it was expanded, containing twenty-two new pieces, including "To a Haggis", and the first appearance in print of "Death and Doctor Hornbook", which had been omitted from the Kilmarnock edition.
Two printers were used, resulting in variations in some sheets of the edition. This copy has the first state points: the misprint "Duke of Boxburgh" for "Roxburgh" in the list of subscribers on page xxxvii, and the correct printing of the Scots word "skinking" (meaning watery) on page 263, later misprinted as "stinking".

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Description

Octavo (204 x 127 mm). Contemporary sheep, red morocco label.

Illustrations

Engraved frontispiece portrait.

Condition

Bound without half-title, paper repairs to lengthy closed tear on pp. 203/204 affecting text though without loss, a couple of other minor peripheral paper repairs not affecting text. Light rubbing, trivial wear at tips; the contents with some light foxing and finger-soiling, occasional light creasing and a few peripheral nicks; notwithstanding, a very desirable copy in contemporary sheep.

Bibliography

Egerer 2; Lamont 2; Rothschild 556; ESTC T125274.

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