The Poems & Songs of Robert Burns, with a Life of the Author, containing a variety of particulars, drawn from sources Inaccessible by former Biographers. To which is subjoined, An Appendix, consisting of a Panegyrical Ode, and A Demonstration of Burns' Superiority to every other Poet as a Writer of Songs - 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.
  ‘Some time ago, I was solicited by a friend to give a short sketch of the Life of Robert Burns, to be prefixed to a small edition of his Poems; because my friend was unwilling to encroach on the literary property of other editors. I complied with the request, and made a present of my trifling, but, to me, pleasant labours to the Publishers; so that I had no interest of a pecuniary nature in the sale of the publication, nor was I consulted with regard to the selection of the Poems. (It is nothing, however, but a complete collection of the Poems and Songs published by the Poet himself, and his most esteemed editors.) My sole design was to give what I considered a fair and impartial character of the Bard, avoiding the extravagant panegyrics of one class of writers, and the uncharitable omw adversas of another.' — Rev. Hamilton Paul's Pamphlet, A Foretaste of Pleasant Things. Air, 1828.

‘In 1801, on the fifth anniversary of the death of Robert Burns, nine men who knew him met for dinner in Burns Cottage in Alloway to celebrate his life and works. The Master of Ceremonies was a local minister a liberal theologian and an equally liberal host. Hamilton Paul and his guests shared Masonic brotherhood with Rabbie and Paul devised an evening which looked a bit like a lodge ceremonial, centred on a fine fat haggis; with recitation and singing of Burns's works and a toast (in verse) to the memory of their friend and hero. It was such a jolly evening, all agreed to meet again the following January for a Birthday Dinner for the bard, little knowing that they had invented a global phenomenon that we know as the Burns Supper which still broadly follows the Reverend's original plan.’ - Clark McGinn.

Robert Burns (1759-1796) was a Scottish lyricist and poet, fondly remembered as the ‘Ploughman Poet’. A pioneer of the Romantic movement, he is best known for writing many of his poems in Scots language, and for collecting and revising many traditional folk songs from across Scotland, in addition to his own original compositions. Burns died from rheumatic fever, at the age of 37.

Of the binder - James MacLehose (1811-1885) established himself as a bookseller in Glasgow in 1838, initially in partnership with Robert Nelson, and on his own from 1841. In 1849 he moved to 61 St. Vincent Street and in 1862 a bindery was added. In 1881 he took on his two sons and they carried on the business after his death. A portrait of the founder was printed in
The British Bookmaker, vol.VI, no.66, December 1892, pp.125-6, and the reported noted that "the binding department has been made a very important branch of the establishment, where work is executed in the very best style, but no ordinary trade work is done. All the books bound here are either the firm's own work, or the work of private customers who, appreciating its quality, frequently send long distances to secure the execution of their orders meeting their own requirements. Levant, morocco, and a special calf are the principal styles, hand finished and single lettered, and though many of the books are elaborately bound with special designs, a large share are in the severely plain style which finds favour particularly in Scotland" - Edward Bayntun Coward, The British Library, The British Bookmaker.

Provenance: Allan D. Macdonald, with his bookplate. Later, David Fyfe Anderson (1904-88), Scottish surgeon, with his name dated to same bookplate.

Reference: Bibliotheca Burnsiana, James McKie 11. Bibliography of Robert Burns 30
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  Bound by James MacLehose of Glasgow, in full crimson straight grain morrocco, spine titled and tooled in gilt, front panels with gilt triple fillet border, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.   Condition: Near fine, some pages with light foxing, minor soiling to illustrated title page and frontis, in near fine binding with a little rubbing to corners.   Ref: 107071   Price: HK$ 15,000