Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect was not only the first collection of poems produced by Robert Burns, it was also the only book of his work published in his lifetime. The Luath Kilmarnock Edition is a faithful replica of that original book, published in Ayrshire's capital in 1786.
It is surely unique in any country that a poet should take his place among the pantheon of national heroes… to Scots everywhere, those of Scots descent and those who wish they were Scots, Robert Burns speaks still for our status as a nation.
FROM THE INTRODUCTION BY JOHN CAIRNEY
Kilmarnock saw that first edition of a young man’s poems published in 1786 and Burns has not been out of print for a single day since. We are still reading, reciting and enjoying these poems… the writing, life and character of this Ayrshire ploughman inspire deep human emotion around the globe
FROM THE AFTERWORD BY CLARK McGINN