"CONCENTRATED UTTERANCE OF PASSION": FINELY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF BURNS' POEMS, CORRESPONDENCE AND BIOGRAPHY
BURNS, Robert. The Works… With Dr. Currie's Memoir of the Poet. Glasgow: Blackie and Son, 1843. Two volumes. Royal octavo, 19th-century full tan calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, red and green morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers and edges. $950.
Richly illustrated edition of the works of Scotland's most famous poet, along with James Currie's biography and numerous tributes, with 80 steel-engraved illustrations, handsomely bound.
"No one even approaches Burns… in concentrated utterance of passion" (DNB). The volume presents Burns' poems, epistles, ballads and songs, including such familiar and beloved verse as "My Love is like a Red Red Rose," "Tam o' Shanter" "Scots Wha Hae," "To a Mouse" (with its memorable lines, "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley") and, of course, the perennial New Year's Eve anthem "Auld Lang Syne." "As a poet Burns stands in the front rank… He is the poet of freedom as well as beauty" (Allibone I:303). With engraved vignette title pages, and 80 full-page steel-engraved plates, including a folding facsimile plate of the poet's handwriting. Armorial bookplate.
Interior clean; a few light scuffs to bindings. A handsomely bound copy of this richly illustrated edition.