In celebration of Robert Burns Day which was yesterday, Gerome has decided to highlight the 1787 London edition of Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect by Robert Burns. This is the third edition of the work and a reprint of the Edinburgh edition. This edition contains a typographical error. In the ʻAddress to a Haggis,̕ the word ʻskinking ̕ (meaning watery), is printed ʻstinking.̕ This misprint is also found in a supplementary Edinburgh edition of the same year, and both are known to collectors as the ʻStinking edition.̕
Our copy is bound in full crushed red morocco, with gilt tooling and inside borders, by Rivière. The inscription reads “From James Mill of Camba …[?] to his friend Robert Brown of Stoke Cottage, Ipswich, 1787.