The Works of Robert Burns; with an Account of his Life, and a Criticism on his Writings. To which are prefixed, some observations on the character and condition of the Scottish Peasantry. In four volumes. The second edition.

  • Burns, Robert
  • London: Printed for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies 1802
  • Lamont 623; Egerer 89.


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4 vols., 8vo, viii, ix-xxiii, [i], 389, [1] + frontispiece; [iv], xxiii, [i], 467, [1]; xvi, 431, [1]; xxiv, 415, [1]. Untrimmed in original marbled paper boards backed in cream paper, printed paper labels to spines. Some spotting, vol. 4 with a small dampmark to upper margin. Bindings rubbed and a somewhat worn, a few joints cracked but strong, spines darkened, a small piece of vol. 4 spine excised.


An unusual survival in the original boards of the second edition of the first collected works of Burns, following the 1800 Liverpool edition. The textual changes between the editions were minor, and the frontispiece is in fact the same plate (with its own imprint dated 1800) reused across the three. 'The content is in the same order, but the differences reflect this new edition, most notably in the new advertisement, the lack of a list of subscribers, and the added appendix' (Lamont).

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