'Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect' (Kilmarnock Edition, 1786)

A red leather bound copy of Robert Burns' 'Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect', commonly known as the 'Kilmarnock Edition'. 612 copies of the collection of poems were printed in Kilmarnock by John Wilson. All copies of the first edition were sold within a month, a feat that changed the trajectory of Burns' life immensely. Before publication, Burns' intention was to use the profit from the book to fund his voyage to Jamaica, where he was to take up a position as a book-keeper on a sugar plantation. However, due to it's success, he abandoned his decision to emigrate and spent the next year in Edinburgh instead, building connections in the capital's society circles.   'Poems...' cost 3 shillings per copy, which would have been around 3 days wages for a labourer.  
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