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Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect - Robert Burns

1794 - Printed for T. Cadell, Edinburgh - A New Edition Considerably Enlarged
A fine set in contemporary bindings, with half-titles and the frontispiece portrait of Burns after Alexander Nasmyth engraved by John Beugo. This two volume Edinburgh edition, published two years before Burns’ death, expands on the first edition of 1786 and the first Edinburgh edition of 1787.

In 1786 at the age of 27, although he had never published anything before, Burns decided to publish a volume of his poems. 612 copies were printed for him by John Wilson of Kilmarnock. They sold out within a month. There are estimated to be less than 70 complete Kilmarnock copies in existence today. Encouraged by this success, and by a letter from an Edinburgh minister, Dr. Blacklock, Burns moved to Edinburgh instead of emigrating to Jamaica. He became a celebrity and in 1787 a new edition of 1500 copies, to be sold by subscription, was agreed upon with an additional 17 poems and five new songs.
 
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1914 - Henry Young & Sons, Liverpool - Number 405 of 500 copies, signed by the publishers
Two finely bound volumes, illustrated with thirty-one plates. and produced on thick paper. Included is an Essay on Robert Burns by Sir Walter Raleigh, by a Memoir of Lockhart, the Author’s Preface and notes and appendices by William Scott Douglas.

‘Lockhart's
Life of Burns, his first sustained attempt in biography, was for a century and more the standard account of the poet and his work. If Lockhart is sometimes limited, he is generally sensible he was born just before Burns died, and had access to men who had seen and known the poet his critical approach is often close to that of the literary world to which Burns, for a time, turned a hopeful eye and his succinct sketches of Burns's milieu and of the men in it, are excellent.’ ‘One of the few judicious and eminently readable biographies of Burns.’ - Professor James Kinsley, introduction to the 2006 edition. 
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The Antiquities of Scotland - Francis Grose

1797 - Hooper & Wigstead, London - First Hooper & Wigstead edition
Two magnificently illustrated volumes, of this comprehensive work, with 190 full page engraved plates, large engraved folding Index Map to the Antiquities of Scotland. Shewing the Situation of Every Building Described in this Work, two engraved title pages, and one in text Plan of Druidical Stone.

Grose (1731-91), English antiquary draughtsman and lexicographer, initiated the eighteenth-century's most extensive series of published illustrations of ancient monuments.

In 1788 he began the first of several tours of Scotland in order to produce
The Antiquities of Scotland. It was on the second of these tours, in summer 1789, that he met and immediately formed a friendship with the poet Robert Burns. Burns met him while he was staying with Robert Riddell at the Friar's Carse, collecting material for his Scottish work. Burns suggested to him that he should include Alloway Kirk in his Scottish Antiquities, and Grose agreed on condition that Burns provided a witch tale to go with his drawing. In June 1790, Burns sent Grose a prose tale with a variant in a letter to Grose, following it up with a rhymed version, "Tam o' Shanter" (see Volume II, page 31). 
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