Kilmarnock: Printed by John Wilson. 1789.
First edition. 8vo in 4s. 202 by 125mm. pp. viii, 9-247. Later red half morocco with marbled boards. Six compartments and five raised bands. Second compartment has author and title in gilt and the other compartments are decorated with a rectangular pattern in gilt. Date in gilt at foot of the spine. Some rubbing extremities. Marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt. Bound by Nutt, Cambridge. Contents are in excellent condition with only very minor spotting.
Inspired by the success of Burns’s “Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect”, Sillar persuaded Wilson of Kilmarnock to bring out his own “Poems” in 1789. At the beginning there is a three page poem by Robert Burns (R.B.) addressed “To the Author” his “Auld Nibor” (Sillar). It also includes an “Epistle To” and a “Reply To” Burns. David Sillar was a firm friend of Burns.
Jackson p.151. Johnson “Provincial Poetry, 1789-1839” 832.