Hard Cover. Edinburgh: Printed for the author and sold by William Creech, 1787. Near Fine.
First Edinburgh edition (second overall), first printing, with "Boxburgh" to p. xxxvii and "stinking" to p. 263. Finely bound in contemporary brown marbled calf, spine ruled in gilt with dark brown morocco label lettered in gilt. A near fine copy, lacking the half-titles and with front hinge professionally reinforced, some superficial cracking of the leather to backstrip, light wear to extremities, particularly rear hinge and corners, a few tiny scratches to boards, and dark, two-inch thin horizontal blemish to rear board, text block very clean. Overall, a beautiful copy that presents well in the original boards. Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect is Robert Burns' first collection of poetry and was originally published in a print run of 600 copies by John Wilson of Kilmarnock in July 1786, known colloquially as the Kilmarnock edition. This edition, printed in Edinburgh in the following year, is the second edition overall. Often referred to as the "Stinking" Burns, the first printing of the second edition is identified by two misprints in the text, including the word "stinking" on p. 263, mistakenly set in place of "skinking," a Scottish word meaning "watery." Notably, Burns' reputation as the national poet of Scotland has its foundations in this collection, which features Scottish peasant life, pastoral landscapes, and local dialects. Indeed, in his dedication, Burns describes himself as "a Scottish bard, proud of the name, and whose highest ambition is to sing his country's service," and proclaims that he has "come to claim the Scottish name with you, my illustrious Countrymen; and to tell the world that I glory in the title."