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The McKie Collection

The Works of Robert Burns [1800, Edinburgh]

18th Century

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, edited by James Currie, in four volumes. Liverpool: J. M'Creery, Houghton Street printed for T Cadell, Jun and W. Davies, London; W. Creech, Edinburgh. 1800. First Edition.


Binding: Multi-coloured marbled paper and brown leather on board; simple tooled decoration on leather; title, description, place, date and volume in gold on spine; marbled end-papers; wove cream paper with marbled edges.


Marks: Embossed "Burns Monument Kilmarnock", on the title page of all volumes. McKie private library numbers "50" "51", "52" & "53".


Illustrations: Volume 1 - Engraving of Burns after Nasmyth with decorative border (J. Neagle), facing the title page. Other 3 volumes have vignettes on the title pages.


Comment by James McKie: "For a … of this edition and tho publication… author and compiled see page 83 book 2nd "McKie's Kilmarnock Popular Edition of Burns". James M'Kie. About 1400 found…from this publication for …of Burns' family 2000 copies were printed which were sold off within one year. JM'Kie."

The Dick Institute
Accession number:
BU_C.0016.0001, 0002, 0003 & 0004
Digital Number:
East Ayrshire Leisure

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