BURNS, Robert. Poems. (IN A FINE COSWAY STYLE BINDING - PORTRAIT MINIATURE BY WILLIAM MINEARD BENNET)

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AUTHOR: BURNS, Robert. 

TITLE: Poems.

PUBLISHER: London: T. Werner Laurie, Ltd., 1927.

DESCRIPTION: IN A FINE COSWAY STYLE BINDING. 1 vol., 9" x 5-3/4", facsimile of the 1786 "Kilmarnock" edition.  Bound in full olive green morocco, ribbed gilt decorated spine, covers double ruled in gilt, floral gilt decorated corner pieces, red and green morocco gilt decorated floral onlays, front cover inlay portrait of Robert Burns by William Bennet, gilt dentelles, green silk morie doublures and endpapers, all edges gilt, housed in an open ended slipcase, by Bayntun.

CONDITION: FINE. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Included is the prospectus for this facsimile edition as well as the original 1972 invoice from Bayntun.

William Mineard Bennet (1778–1858), was an English miniature-painter, singer and composer.  While apprenticed to the engraver Abraham Ezekiel in the city, he learned Hebrew and became enthusiastic about music.  Following the expiration of his apprenticeship he moved to London and set himself up as miniature painter. He studied under Sir Thomas Lawrence, and gained a considerable reputation as a painter of portraits and miniatures. He mixed with many of the most distinguished literary men of that day, among whom his wit and talents made him a great favorite.