The Works of Robert Burns...
The Works of Robert Burns with an account of his life, and a criticism of his writings... Seventh edition.

London: Cadell and Davies, 1813.

Five volumes, with an arresting portrait frontispiece; uniformly bound in contemporary full green polished calf with gilt ornament including a lyre in gilt on front and back covers; a most endearing set.

Scotland's greatest lyric poet

A beautifully bound set of the complete works. The editor, Dr. James Currie, was primarily motivated by a desire to raise funds for Burns' struggling widow and children. Currie writes powerfully on Burns' powerful eloquence: 'having occasion to make an excursion to the county of Dumfries, in the summer of 1792, I had there an opportunity of seeing and conversing with Burns. It has been my fortune to know some men of high reputation in literature, as well as in public life; but never to meet any one who, in the course of a single interview, communicated to me so strong an impression of the force and versatility of his talents. After this I read the poems then published with greater interest and attention, and with a full conviction that, extraordinary as they are, they afford but an inadequate proof of the powers of their unfortunate author.'

A beautifully bound set of the complete works. The editor, Dr. James Currie, was primarily motivated by a desire to raise funds for Burns' struggling widow and children. Currie writes powerfully on Burns' powerful eloquence: 'having occasion to make an excursion to the county of Dumfries, in the summer of 1792, I had there an opportunity of seeing and conversing with Burns. It has been my fortune to know some men of high reputation in literature, as well as in public life; but never to meet any one who, in the course of a single interview, communicated to me so strong an impression of the force and versatility of his talents. After this I read the poems then published with greater interest and attention, and with a full conviction that, extraordinary as they are, they afford but an inadequate proof of the powers of their unfortunate author.'

This set is composed of the seventh edition of the Works of Robert Burns (first four volumes) with as the extra fifth volume the Reliques of Robert Burns; Consisting chiefly of original letters, poems, and critical observations on Scottish Songs (collected by R.H. Cromek, second edition, London 1813).

Price (AUD): $1,650.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504101

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