Robert Burns' First Edition Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect
The Kilmarnock volume, also known as Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect and The Kilmarnock edition, — printed and issued by John Wilson, Kilmarnock, on 31 July 1786, was the first edition of poet Robert Burns' work. It cost 3 shillings and 612 copies were printed. The volume was dedicated to Gavin Hamilton. The Kilmarnock volume contained, besides satire, a number of poems like "Halloween" (written in 1785), "The Twa Dogs" and "The Cotter's Saturday Night," which are vividly descriptive of the Scots peasant life with which he was most familiar; and a group like "Puir Mailie" and "To a Mouse", which, in the tenderness of their treatment of animals, revealed one of the most attractive sides of Burns' personality.
Six of the original manuscript versions of the poems from the book are in the possession of the Irvine Burns Club.