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POEMS, CHIEFLY IN THE SCOTTISH DIALECT by  ROBERT BURNS - Third Edition; First London Edition, First State (with


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London: Printed for A. Strahan; T. Cadell; and W. Creech, 1787. Third Edition; First London Edition, First State (with "stinking" instead of "skinking" in "To a Haggis"). 212 x 126 mm. (8 1/2 x 5"). xlviii, [13]-372 pp. With half title and the subscriber list [to the Edinburgh edition].
Pleasing contemporary tree calf, smooth spine rebacked preserving most of original backstrip (small restoration at head), this divided into panels with gilt floral centerpiece by gilt chain roll, red morocco label (corners neatly restored). In a fine modern brown buckram chemise and matching mottled calf-backed slipcase. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Burns. Front pastedown with engraved armorial bookplate of Edward Goulburn. Gibson, p. 6; Egerer 2. Mild offsetting from turn-ins' glue, occasional minor foxing or trivial marginal stains, but an excellent copy, clean and fresh internally, the expertly restored binding unworn.

This is the first London printing (following an Edinburgh edition the same year and the extremely rare Kilmarnock first edition of 1786) of one of the most famous poetic publications in history. Burns issued the poems at the age of 27 in order to raise passage money for a voyage to Jamaica, where he had been offered an agricultural post on a plantation. At a time when his contemporaries were searching for the "natural bard" and, in the process, had unearthed poetical threshers, poetical milk maidens, and poetical cobblers, the charming plowman Burns delivered his simple and beautiful lyrics with most propitious timing. He found himself famous almost at once, and his fame has not faltered over time, even though, after the appearance of the present work, he did little during the rest of his life except write songs and drink..


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I have a book of the rare edition of the kilmarnock burns poems published 1786. I also have.the poetical works of robert burns XXXIV

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Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books an Manuscripts was established in 1978 on a ping pong table in a basement in Kalamazoo, Michigan. From the beginning, its founder was willing to sell a range of material, but over the years, the business has gravitated toward historical artifacts that are physically attractive in some way--illuminated material, fine bindings, books printed on vellum, fore-edge paintings, beautiful typography and paper, impressive illustration. Today, the company still sells a wide range of things, from (scruffy) ninth century leaves to biblical material from all periods to Wing and STC imprints to modern private press books to artists' bindings. While we are forgiving about condition when something is of considerable rarity, we always try to obtain the most attractive copies possible of whatever we offer for sale.


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