FORBES, Peter. ~ Poems chiefly in the Scottish Dialect Edinburgh: Printed by R. Menzies … for the Author, and sold by J. Anderson and A. Black, Edinburgh; also by P. Lyle and A. Duncan, Dalkeith. 1812.
8vo (173 × 104 mm), pp. , v, , –176; some browning, waterstaining to first few leaves, old tape stains to front endpapers, bleeding through onto title-page; contemporary half calf, rebacked, some surface wear, corners worn, parts of marbled paper torn away; nineteenth-century library shelf-label.
First and only edition of a book of poems that the author ‘never would have published’ had it not been ‘in compliance with the wishes of many of his friends, relying on whose superior judgment, he launches his little volume, with all its defects, into the world; if it contributes any thing in a harmless way to the amusements of a winter’s evening, it is the extent of the author’s ambition, and the end for which any thing of his was originally composed’ (Preface). Included are several poems about Burns and a number of poems reflecting on the poet’s everyday life, including a ‘Song when the Author was Librarian to the Dalkeith Subscription Library’.