The Life of Robert Burns - Robert Burns, John Gibson Lockhart, William Scott Douglas, Sir Walter Raleigh 1914 - Henry Young &, Liverpool - Number 405 of 500 copies, signed by the publishers Two finely bound volumes printed on thick paper, illustrated with thirty-one plates. Included is an ‘Essay on Robert Burns’ by Sir Walter Raleigh, a ‘Memoir of Lockhart’, the ‘Author’s Preface’ and notes and appendices by William Scott Douglas.

‘Lockhart's ‘
Life of Burns’, his first sustained attempt in biography, was for a century and more the standard account of the poet and his work. If Lockhart is sometimes limited, he is generally sensible he was born just before Burns died, and had access to men who had seen and known the poet his critical approach is often close to that of the literary world to which Burns, for a time, turned a hopeful eye and his succinct sketches of Burns's milieu and of the men in it, are excellent.’ ‘One of the few judicious and eminently readable biographies of Burns.’ - Professor James Kinsley, introduction to the 2006 edition.
  Robert Burns (1759-1796) was a 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.

Provenance: David Fyfe Anderson (1904-88), Scottish surgeon, with his name dated 1950, to front free endpaper.

Octavo, two volumes. pp. [2] lxxv [1]256 [2]; [2] vii [1] 270 [4]
  Finely bound by Bayntun of Bath, in three quarter green calf over cloth boards, spines with titles and thistle blocked in gilt, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, others uncut.   Condition: Near fine, uniform fading to spines, foxing and toning to endpapers, minor spotting to uncut foredge.   Ref: 107045   Price: HK$ 4,000