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Rebellion & Enlightenment

The Scottish Enlightenment

"The Constitution of England" from the library of Robert Burns

Period:
18th Century
Description:

This book, "The Constitution of England - A New Edition Corrected, or, an Account of the English Government" formed part of the personal library of Robert Burns.  It was published in 1790 and contains many annotations in Burns' handwriting.

 

In 1792 Burns decided to present this book to the Dumfries Public Library and inscribed it thus, "Mr Burns presents this book to the Library, and begs they will take it as a creed of British Liberty, until they find a better RB".  Fearing that this could be taken as support for republican government, Burns retrieved it from the library and pasted down the fly leaf to conceal the inscription.

Materials/Media:
paper, board, leather
Dimensions:
height 185mm, width 113mm
Source:
Robert Burns Centre
Accession number:
DUMFM:1936.2.8
Digital Number:
BCBN015n
Creation Date:
1790
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council