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'Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect', by Robert Burns - the Edinburgh edition

Introduction:
This is the second Edinburgh edition of Burns' work, published in 1793 during the poet's lifetime.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:1935.69.10
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Paper; animal skin, leather (boards)
Dimensions:
Page size: 125 mm x 190 mm
What:
Book, 'Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect'
Subject:
Alexander Nasymth was commissioned by his publisher, William Creech, to paint Burns' portrait and this was engraved for the frontispiece of the Edinburgh editions of his work.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (poetical works by)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (poetical works by)
T Cadell (London) (publisher)
William Creech (Edinburgh) (publisher)
When:
1793
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
Alexander Nasymth was commissioned by his publisher, William Creech, to paint Burns' portrait and this was engraved for the frontispiece of the Edinburgh editions of his work.
Description:
Burns spent time in Edinburgh in 1787 where he was acclaimed as a poet following the success of the first edition of his work, published in Kilmarnock. The 3,000 copies of his first Edinburgh edition sold rapidly and he was popular in Edinburgh Society.