Title within typographical border. viii, , 10-240 pp. 8vo, fine late 19th-cent. red morocco by Riviere, sides nicely decorated in gilt, spine richly gilt, dentelles gilt, a.e.g. Kilmarnock: J. Wilson, 1786. First edition of Burns' first and most important book of poems, published in an edition of only 612 copies. "There has never been a more truly national poet than Burns. Himself of humble origin, he spoke the language of the people and his songs are part of the air breathed by Scots the world over...Burns is not only the greatest Scots poet but one of the great poets of any age and nation."-Printing & the Mind of Man 231. Fine copy. The W.A. White (?) -- John Whipple Frothingham (bookplate) copy. Frothingham (1878-1935), who at the time of his marriage in 1921 lived just up the street at 375 West End Avenue, was the nephew of William Augustus White (1843-1927), the great collector of Elizabethan literature and William Blake. Following his uncle's death, Frothingham inherited a portion of White's library which he removed to France and where it remained until very recently. Understandably not listed in Bartlett's Catalogue of the Early English Books chiefly of the Elizabethan Period collected by William Augustus White (1926). ❧ Egerer 1. Grolier, One Hundred Books Famous in English Literature, 61. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-4914)
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