The Merry Muses, a choice Collection of favourite Songs gathered…

~ The Merry Muses, a choice Collection of favourite Songs gathered from many Sources... to which are added two of his Letters and a Poem—hitherto suppressed—never before reprinted. ‘Privately printed. [not for sale.], 1827’, but c. 1881.

16mo (168 × 110 mm), pp. [2], [i]-vi, [9]-90. Early twentieth-century, red half morocco. Upper joint repaired. Charles S. Dixwell inkstamp to front free endpaper.

A very rare spurious edition of Burns’s erotic and bawdy poems, first published in 1799 (of which edition only 2 copies are known to survive). The title-page is headed ‘Not for maids, ministers or striplings’. The Roy collection of Robert Burns contains several similar reprints to ours (including our issue) each with differing title-pages giving ‘1827’.

‘Shepherds I have got the clap,
Stroking of my Anna;
My time’s filled up, oh sad mishap,
With taking salts and senna.
I for her King’s Place forsook,
Where girls I had past telling;
But now my pipe’s turned to a crook,
My b—, how they’re hanging...’ Roy collection of Robert Burns, p. 141 b.

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