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Burns Robert

Published by Kilmarnock James M’Kie 1869, 1869
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Kilmarnock Complete Edition, one of 600 copies, signed by the printer James MíKie. 8vo, publisherís original blue boards backed in white parchment, original paper label on the spine. xii, 370. A very nice copy, internally bright and fresh, spine a bit mellowed as is almost always the case and with minimal evidence of aging to the boards. EARLIEST LIMITED EDITION, SIGNED BY THE PUBLISHER. This is perhaps the most complete and scrupulously compiled printing of the facsimile issue of the very rare first Kilmarnock edition of Scotlandís national poet. The volume is individually numbered and signed by publisher James MíKie. Burns, a ploughman poet, to this day ranks high among the poets of Great Britain. Whether employing his flawless 18th century English or his native Scots dialect, his writings speak to us eloquently . "His finest work springs from his own soil, from his compassionate and generous nature, and from the Scotsí poetic tradition.He employed theScottish vernacular with great skill and range.he was in direct contact with its source and the themes of Scots rural life provided an inexhaustible field for poetic expression."-Michael Stapleton. Burnsí most famous collection was a tremendous success and was reprinted many times during his lifetime. Just prior to its first publication in 1786 he was preparing to leave Scotland for Jamaica to escape several scandalous affairs involving a number of young ladies. With the money from the publishing of his POEMS, he was able to remain in Scotland and build a new (though perhaps none the more chaste) life in Edinburgh. Such early copies of his work are quite desirable. Bookseller Inventory # 23044

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Publisher: Kilmarnock James MíKie 1869

Publication Date: 1869

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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