The Works of Robert Burns; with an Account of his Life, and a Criticism on his Writings. To which are prefixed, some observations on the character and condition of the Scottish Peasantry. In four volumes. The third edition. [With:] Reliques of Robert Burns; consisting chiefly of original letters, poems, and criticaal observations on Scottish Songs. Collected and Published by R.H. Cromek.

  • Burns, Robert
  • London: Printed for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies 1802
  • Lamont 73; Egerer 101-2.


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5 vols., 8vo, pp. xii, 395, [1] + frontispiece; xx, 471, [1]; xii, 425, [1]; xxiv, 414, 2; xxiii, [i], 453, [1]. Uniformly bound in contemporary sprinkled calf, spines divided by double gilt rules, red morocco labels, edges of vols. 1-4 sprinkled blue. Some minor spotting, vol. 5 lightly toned, final leaf of vol. 3 with a horizontal tear and a piece lost from blank margin. Somewhat rubbed and scratched, a little wear to corners and spine ends. Ownership inscription of Katherine Pyndar (‘The gift of her father’), dated 1802 in vols. 1-4 and 1810 in vol. 5.


An unsophisticated copy of the 'third edition' of the collected works, following the 1800 Liverpool edition and the 1801 London second edition (plus an 1801 Philadelphia reprint). The textual changes between the editions were minor, and the frontispiece is in fact the same plate (with its own imprint dated 1800) reused across the three.

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