Philadelphia: Gebbie Publishing, 1895. Ayshire Edition. One of 50 copies for sale, of which this is number 26. Full crushed morocco with gilt to spines and boards. Top edges brightly gilt. Red silk moire endpapers. A touch of uniform sunning to spines and the outer joint of volume v repaired. In all, a beautiful example in Near Fine condition.
A rare collection of work from Scotland’s national bard. Burns was one of the chief poets of Romanticism – as well as an accomplished lyricist – and though much of his work was heavily influenced by Scottish folk sources, he would achieve worldwide renown. Burns fame as poet happened almost by accident. He had his first collection – Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish dialect – published essentially as a way to finance a move to Jamaica, where he planned to continue working as a farmer. Poems, however, became an immense success and Burns was fortunately able to continue working as a writer for the rest of his life. Here, his works are drawn together in one place, with a beautiful fine binding. Near Fine (Item #4187)