Show Navigation

Letter of Robert Burns to James Sibbald, Bookseller, Edinburgh, (Jan 1787)

Back

View Large Image

Letter of Robert Burns to James Sibbald, Bookseller, Edinburgh, (Jan 1787)

Introduction:
This letter, written in January 1787, is to show heartfelt thanks from the poet to publisher ( Sibbald was first to carry a review of the Kilmarnock edition of Burns's poems) (letter no 71)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT127
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Robert Burns to James Sibbald, Bookseller, Edinburgh, (Jan 1787)
Subject:
Burns Kilmarnock edition was published on the last day of July 1786, 612 copies were printed and within a month some 600 had been sold.
Who:
James Sibbald (1745-1803) (bookseller, editor, publisher)
Robert Burns (author)
When:
January 1787 (date of composition)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Burns Kilmarnock edition was published on the last day of July 1786, 612 copies were printed and within a month some 600 had been sold.
Description:
Let us go back in time: Sibbald has printed the first review of the Kilmarnock Edition: it is 3rd November 1786. He subsequently goes on to print extracts from Burns' poems in his magazine ( Edinburgh Magazine) coupled with very favorable reviews - Burns is overwhelmed, hence this letter of January 1787 by way of thanks a few weeks later. The depth of Burns's appreciation is eloquently expressed in the final paragraph where he reflects on his youth and obscurity.