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Notes by Burns are not printed, and in place of that on Auld Lang Syne in Reliques, 282, which is a pure invention, there is a complete and hitherto unsuspected holograph copy of the verses of Auld Lang Syne, for which see page 208 infra.
Numerous references and quotations in the following pages from the Reliques were set up in type before discovery. These have been since corrected from the MS., and so far as they go can be compared with Cromek's work. The four volume's of the Interleaved Museum, with the autograph of Robert Riddell, were left by Mrs. Riddell to her niece Eliza Bayley, of Manchester. A London bookseller acquired them for ' an old song,' and, with other Bnrns's rarities, sold them in 1870 out of his catalogue to A. F. Nichols, who bought them on the express condition that neither his name nor address should be disclosed. After his death in Feb., 1902, the volumes passed into the possession of Miss Oakshott, who permitted me to examine them.
' Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect. By Robert Burns. Kilmarnock : Printed by John Wilson, mdcclxxxvi.' 8vo. The Kilmarnock edition consisted of 600 copies at a subscription price of three shillings each.
' Poems, ohiefly in the Scottish Dialect. By Robert Burns. Edinburgh : Printed for the Author, and sold by William Creech, M,DCC,LXXXVII.' 8vo. Two separate issues, the skinking and the stinking, so called from a printer's error on p. 263. The text of the latter generally agrees with that of the first Kilmarnock edition, so far as it goes,
'Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect. By Robert Burns. In two volumes. The second edition, considerably enlarged. Edinburgh: Printed for T. Cadell, London, and William Creech, Edinburgh, M,DCC,xcm.' Sm. 8vo. Contains twenty additional pieces.
'Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect. By Robert Burns.' In two volumes. A new edition considerably enlarged. Edinburgh: Printed for T. Cadell, London, and William Creech, Edinburgh, mdccxciv.' 8vo. This is a reprint of the 1793 edition with a few alterations. It is the last edition of the author.
' The "Works of Robert Burns; with an account of his life, and a criticism on his writings. To which are prefixed, some observations on the character and condition of the Scottish peasantry. In four volumes. [By Dr. Currie.] Liverpool, printed by J. McCreery, Houghton Street; for T. Cadell, Jun., and W. Davies, Strand, London; and W. Creech, Edinburgh . . . 1800.' 8vo. 4 vols.
' Poems ascribed to Robert Burns, the Ayrshire Bard, not contained in any edition of his works hitherto published. Glasgow, printed by Chapman & Lang, for Thomas Stewart. .. 1801.' 8vo. pp. vi and 94.
' Reliques of Robert Burns ; consisting phiefly of original letters, poems, and critical observations on Scottish Songs. Collected and published by R. H. Cromek. London: Printed by J. McCreery, for T. Cadell, and W. Davies, Strand. 1808.' 8vo.
This is the volume referred to in the preceding note on the Interleaved Museum.
' Life of Robert Burns. By J. G. Lockhart, LL.B. Edinburgh : Constable & Co. 1828.' 8vo. The second edition in 1829.
' The Works of Robert Burns. Edited by the Ettrick Shepherd and William MotherwellGlasgow: A. Fullarton & Co.' 1834-6iamo.