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    Fine Binding of Robert Burns' First Book

    [Cosway-Style Binding]. Robert Burns. Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect. Edinburgh: Printed for the Author and Sold by William Creech, 1787.

    First Edinburgh edition, first issue. Octavo. xlviii, 368 pages Frontispiece. List of subscribers.

    Cosway-style binding. Full red morocco over beveled boards. Gilt-tooled floral designs to the boards; on the front board is Burns' monogram surrounded with a line of his verse; on the rear board are thistle designs surrounded by another line of verse. Raised bands with gilt lettering and decorations to compartments. All edges gilt. Doublures with inlaid green morocco and gilt-stamped lines of Burns' verse. To the front doublure is an inset hand-colored cameo portrait on ivory under glass of Burns, encircled by gilt designs and gem stones. Silk moiré endpapers. Some warping and pulling to base of front silk free endpaper, with some dampstaining as well as a bookplate to the verso. Custom clamshell box shows some wear and warping to the cloth. Near fine.


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