Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect - Facsimile (From Photogravure Blocks) of the Kilmarnock edition 1786 - Robert Burns 1909 - D Brown & Co. [Printer], Kilmarnock - Facsimile of the 1786 edition A fine, unopened copy. This is the 1909 facsimile of the rare and celebrated "Kilmarnock Burns" of 1786, printed from photogravure blocks under the supervision of D. McNaught, Esq. J.P., editor of The Burns Chronicle, the proofs being revised from an uncut copy in his possession.

In 1786 at the age of 27, although he had never published anything before, Burns (1759-96) 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. For this reason D. McNaught used his own uncut copy to produce this facsimile in 1909.

Burns, encouraged by this success, and by a letter from an Edinburgh minister, Dr. Blacklock, 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. There was far greater demand than estimated, so the book was reset, and approximately 3,250 copies printed.
  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.

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  Condition: A fine unopened copy, some soiling to wrappers.   Ref: 107143   Price: HK$ 1,500