Edinburgh: Printed for the author and sold by William Creech, 1787.
Second (First Edinburgh) edition, mixed issue (Roxburgh misspelled “Boxburgh” on p. xxxvii, the Addenda to the subscription list at p. xlvi and the “Stinking” reading on page 263). Stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait after J. Beugo by A. Nasmyth. xlviii, -368 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Nineteenth century stained calf, boards with floral roll border in gilt, marbled endsheets, by Riviere. Morocco ex-libris of J.P. Morgan. Finely rebacked to style, black bands and toothed gilt rules. Egerer 2; Rothschild 556; Tinker 452. Provenance: J.P. Morgan (morocco exlibris and shelfmark 18486, a properly deaccessioned duplicate); “Williamson Sept ’08” (source notation at rear, with bookseller’s slip). Item #311895
The first affordable edition of Burns’ Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, as The Kilmarnock Burns, published in 1786, is rare and costly.
A beautiful copy of the Edinburgh edition, which is the first to contain the poem “A Fragment”, containing the lines “But, word an' blow, N-rth, F-x and Co, / Gowff'd Willie like a ba' man” (p. 314). The book's Glossary defines this as follows: “Gowff, the game of golf; to strike, as the bat does the ball at golf. Gowff'd, struck.”
With distinguished provenance.
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