Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect - Robert Burns 1794 - Printed for T. Cadell, Edinburgh - A New Edition Considerably Enlarged A fine set in contemporary bindings, with half-titles and the frontispiece portrait of Burns after Alexander Nasmyth engraved by John Beugo. This two volume Edinburgh edition, published two years before Burns’ death, expands on the first edition of 1786 and the first Edinburgh edition of 1787.

In 1786 at the age of 27, although he had never published anything before, Burns decided to publish a volume of his poems. 612 copies were printed for him by John Wilson of Kilmarnock. They sold out within a month. There are estimated to be less than 70 complete Kilmarnock copies in existence today. Encouraged by this success, and by a letter from an Edinburgh minister, Dr. Blacklock, Burns moved to Edinburgh instead of emigrating to Jamaica. He became a celebrity and in 1787 a new edition of 1500 copies, to be sold by subscription, was agreed upon with an additional 17 poems and five new songs.
  Robert Burns (1759-96), Scottish lyricist and poet, fondly remembered as the ‘Ploughman Poet’. A pioneer of the Romantic movement, he is best known for writing many of his poems in Scots language, and for collecting and revising many traditional folk songs from across Scotland, in addition to his own original compositions. Burns died from rheumatic fever, at the age of 37.

‘According to Egerer, a reprint of the first double-volume edition (Edinburgh: 1793), ‘but with additional errors.’ The contents are in the same order, and titles are decorated and distinguished with the same double rule of that edition. Inconsistencies/ Errors: p. 24, now lacks ‘
the Right Honourable and Honourable’, now reads simply: ‘THE AUTHOR’S | EARNEST CRY AND PRAYER* | TO THE SCOTCH REPRESENTATIVES IN THE | HOUSE OF COMMONS.’; p. 214, usual spelling of this epitaph changed from ‘Johnie’ to ‘Johnny’, likewise the tune, from ‘Johnie’ to ‘Johnnie’. Some other instances of asterisks being moved from before to after a period.’ [Lamont]

Reference: Lamont,
Bibliography of Robert Burns, 26. Egerer, Bibliography, 29.

Two duodecimo volumes (binding size 19.5x12cm), pp. [2] xi [1] 237 [5]; [6] 283 [3].
  In contemporary glazed tan calf, spines ruled in gilt, burgundy morocco title labels lettered and ruled in gilt, circular green morocco labels decorated and numbered in gilt, board edges hatched in blind.   Condition: Fine in near fine contemporary bindings with rubbing to corners and spine ends, and light cracking to glaze along outer hinges.   Ref: 109794   Price: HK$ 7,000