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ANTIQUARIAN BOOK

Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect.

BURNS (Robert).

BURNS (Robert).

Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect. The Third Edition.

Engraved frontispiece portrait by Beugo after Nasmyth.

First London Edition. 8vo. [215 x 130 x 28 mm]. xlviii, [i ], 14-372 pp. Bound c.1920 by George Bayntun (signed in gilt on the front turn-in) in green goatskin, the covers with a border of gilt and black fillets with semi-circular openings at the corners containing a large gilt thistle-head surrounded by black dots. The spine divided into six panels with gilt compartments and bands tooled with gilt and black dots, lettered in the second panel and dated at the foot, the others with a gilt thistle-head within gilt and black fillets, the edges of the boards and turn-ins tooled with gilt fillets, marbled endleaves, gilt edges. (Spine a little faded, one corner slightly bumped).
London: for A. Strahan; T. Cadell; and W. Creech, 1787.

The first London edition, following the Kilmarnock edition of 1786 and the Edinburgh edition of 1787. With the half-title. Some light spotting, mostly to the preliminary leaves, but a very good copy. The binding pre-dates 1939, when George Bayntun incorporated Robert Riviere and began signing as "Bayntun-Rivere". The use of black fillets, in combination with gilt, is characteristic of early Bayntun bindings and is an attractive feature.

Ink inscription of c.1920 on front fly-leaf: "To George Williamson Esq. of Ellisland. With the Compliments of John Mc. Burns. Hon. Sec. of Dumfries Burns Club".

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