The Poems & Songs of Robert Burns, with a Life of the Author -
Robert Burns, Rev. Hamilton Paul
1819 - Wilson, Air - First Edition
The first edition of this rare Burns compilation, for which Rev. Paul contributed his Life of Robert Burns. In 1801 Paul hosted a small dinner to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the death of his friend, with Haggis, recitations, songs, and a toast in verse...
This and the original Kilmarnock Edition, are the only copies of Burns that had been printed in Ayrshire up to this date.
Finely bound by James Maclehose of Glasgow. Illustrated with frontispiece and engraved title page engraved Portrait of Burns, and vignette of the Barns Monument on the Banks o' Doon both engraved by Wedgewood, bound in is a hand written note from 1867 explaining that the tipped in newspaper cutting detailing Burns’ burial was removed from the 1787 third edition of Burns’ poems by one of the Volunteers who fired the three volleys at the funeral. In addition a hand written verse from Holy Willie’s Prayer has been inserted after page 186.