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Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect - BURNS Robert - 1787. 
1787 - BURNS, Robert. Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect. London: Printed for A. Strahan, 1787. Octavo, late 19th-century full tan calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, raised bands, brown morocco spine label, top edge gilt. Housed in a custom cloth slipcase. $2200.First London edition (third overall) of the work which established Burns as the national poet of Scotland, with engraved frontispiece portrait, handsomely bound.Burns' Poems "is one of the classics of literature. Its appearance in 1786, when it received the praise of both the critics and the public, established Robert Burns as the national poet of Scotland. To the book-collector, as one of the 'Grolier Hundred,' it has been among the immortals. To the lover of poetry it will always be the sine qua non of a Burns collection. Snyder writes of this edition, 'it is perhaps fair to say that the literary historian will search the annals of English poetry long and hard before finding many other first volumes which so unmistakably announce the advent of a great and original genius.' [In 1786] Burns, discouraged amorously and economically, had decided to leave for self-imposed exile to Jamaica, but planned before he departed to have his poems printed (in order to obtain passage money). His hopes of success were small, but the enthusiasm of his friends and patrons obtained a number of subscribers. His actual success was phenomenal; he rose from the status of a versifying Ayrshire ploughman to that of the unofficial laureate of Scotland". Burns not only changed his mind about emigrating, but resolved to print a second enlarged edition of his poems at Edinburgh" (Rosenbach 46:8). Published only one year after the first (Kilmarnock) edition, this is the first London printing, the third edition overall and a reprint of the Edinburgh edition, with "skinking" incorrectly spelled on page 263. Bound with half title. Gibson, 6. See PMM 231. Engraved frontispiece portrait remargined. A few spots to interior, front joint barely starting but strong, slight wear to head of spine. A lovely copy in near-fine condition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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