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

Introduction:
This is the second Edinburgh edition of Robert Burns' work, printed and published by William Creech in 1797, the year following the poet's death. Creech had been the printer and publisher of the original Edinburgh edition of 1787.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:1983.67.5
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Paper, board
Dimensions:
Width: 120 mm height: 188 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 work by)
T Cadell Junior and W Davies (London) (publisher)
William Creech (Edinburgh) (publisher)
When:
1797
Where:
Robert Burns Centre, 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 following the success of the first edition of his work, published in Kilmarnock. He was acclaimed as a poet and was welcomed in Edinburgh Society. The 3,000 copies of his first Edinburgh edition sold rapidly.