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

Introduction:
This is the first Dublin edition of Robert Burns' poems, published by William Gilbert of Dublin. It is a 'pirated' or unofficial copy of the first Belfast edition which was itself a reprint of the first Edinburgh edition, all were published in 1787.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:1935.69.8
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Paper; animal skin, calf, leather (boards)
Dimensions:
Page size: 105 mm x 170 mm
What:
Book, 'Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect'
Subject:
Alexander Nasymth was commissioned by William Creech, to paint Burns' portrait and this was engraved for the frontispiece of editions of his work. This engraving has also been copied in this unofficial edition but it has been reversed.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (poetical works by)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (poetical works by)
William Gilbert (Great George's Street, Dublin) (publisher)
When:
1787
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
Alexander Nasymth was commissioned by William Creech, to paint Burns' portrait and this was engraved for the frontispiece of editions of his work. This engraving has also been copied in this unofficial edition but it has been reversed.
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.