An Address to the Deil, by Robert Burns; with Explanatory Notes. Illustrated with numerous engravings on wood, after designs by Thomas Landseer.

  • Burns, Robert
  • London: William Kidd 1830


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FIRST LANDSEER EDITION, 8vo, pp. 23, [1], 8 (ads) + frontispiece, additional illustrated title-page, and 6 engraved plates. Further wood engravings within the text. Padded out by a number ofg binders’ blanks and bound retaining original stiff card wrappers (the front wrapper printed) in early 20th-century half green morocco, marbled boards, spine divided by raised bands, second and third compartments gilt-lettered direct, the others with gilt thistle tools, marbled endpapers. Some dustsoiling, especially to wrappers, and minor spotting, small piece of blank corner torn from one of the advertisement leaves. Binding very slightly rubbed at extremities, front wrapper and frontispiece guarded in gutter.


The wrappers preserved in this copy are an unusual survival in any case, but here they appear to be a rare variant issue: the imprint on the front wrapper is not 'William Kidd', as the title-page, but instead 'Orlando Hodgson, 10, Cloth Fair, West Smithfield'. The price given (3 shillings and 6 pence) is the same as on the more usual wrappers, but the design is slightly plainer and the vignette engraving different as well.

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