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Rebellion & Enlightenment

The Scottish Enlightenment

'Essais de Montaigne' from the personal library of Robert Burns

Period:
18th Century
Description:

These books formed part of the personal library of Robert Burns.  They were published in 1754.  The ten volume set is incomplete, as volumes 3 and 9 are missing.

 

The first volume contains an inscription by Robert Burns, the poet's eldest son.  In this he recalls as a boy taking the first two volumes to Mr Gray, the rector of the grammar school who had asked to borrow them.  He presented them to John McDiarmid, a local journalist and editor of the Dumfries Courier.  McDiarmid was an admirer of Burns and collected and published much information about his life in Dumfries.

Materials/Media:
paper, leather
Dimensions:
(per volume) height 146mm, width 88mm
Source:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries
Accession number:
DUMFM:1964.144.25
Digital Number:
BHBN086n
Creation Date:
1754
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council