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The McKie Collection

The Works of Robert Burns [1801, Philadelphia]

19th Century

The Works of Robert Burns; with an Account of his Life and A Criticism of His Writings. To which are prefixed, Some Observations on the Character and Condition of the Scottish Peasantry edited by James Currie. Philadelphia: printed by Budd and Bartram for Thomas Dobson. 1801

Binding: Brown leather on board; Gold decoration, title, place, date and volume on spine; cream laid end-papers; cream laid paper.

Marks: Embossed "Burns Monument Kilmarnock", on the title page. James McKie private library numbers "68", "69", "70" & "71". "Peter Doyle, Bookseller, Philadelphia" yellow sticker, inside cover of all volumes. 


Illustration: Engraving of Burns after Nasmyth (A Lawson), with decorative border, facing the title page.


Comment by James McKie: "Fine portrait engraved by Lawson. 'A Credit to early American typography, paper making & book binding.' Gowans?. …22. James M'Kie"


Other: Inscriptions on inside cover of volume 1: "First American Edition of Currie's Burns". "$10.00 for 4 vols. Fine copy". "J.Currie". Some other illegible marks.

"Margaret M'Call" inscribed on inside cover of volumes 1, 2, & 4.

The Dick Institute
Accession number:
BU_C.0025.0001, 0002, 0003 & 0004
Digital Number:
East Ayrshire Leisure

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