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The G. Ross Roy Collection of Robert Burns: An Illustrated Catalogue

The G. Ross Roy Collection of Robert Burns: An Illustrated Catalogue (Hardback)

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This is a guide to the most comprehensive collection of "Burns and Burnsiana outside of the United Kingdom". Established in 1989, the "G. Ross Roy Collection of Robert Burns and Burnsiana at the University of South Carolina's Thomas Cooper Library" is one of the world's foremost collections dedicated to the study of Scotland's greatest poet. G. Ross Roy, an internationally renowned Burns scholar, inherited the origins of this collection from his grandfather in 1958. Since that time, the dynamic collection has increased fivefold - and continues to expand through new acquisitions. This illustrated catalogue of the collection's expansive holdings is being published in 2009 on the occasion of "Burns"' 250th birthday as a guide to the current collection for researchers and collectors alike. Of the approximately six thousand items described in the catalogue, the largest sections are works by Burns and items of Burnsiana. These include not only separate editions of the poet's major works but also editions with distinctive bindings and variants.

Among the notable highlights is one of only two known first-edition copies of "The Merry Muses of Caledonia" (1799) and the only one with a complete title page. The collection also includes sixteen of the twenty-one known variants of the 1827 reprint edition of that work. Also detailed are landmark collections of Burns, including the exceptionally rare "Kilmarnock" edition (1786), the 1787 "Edinburgh" edition with more than thirty annotations in Burns' hand, the 1787 London edition, and James Currie's 1800 edition. The collection includes as well "Burns"' annotated copy of John Moore's novel "Zeluco" and a copy of "The World" with more than sixty ascriptions and comments in "Burns"' hand. The catalogued Burnsiana features almost every book-length study of the poet as well as numerous pamphlets and books with significant sections about Burns. Also described in the catalogue, among the collection's manuscripts, is the song "Lesley Bailie - A Scots Ballad" (1792), the only known copy in "Burns"' hand. And the most unique artifacts of realia seen here are "Burns"' porridge bowl and horn spoon, inherited by Roy from his grandfather as part of the original collection. "The G.

Ross Roy Collection of Robert Burns" includes an introduction by G. Ross Roy on the history of the collection. In text and images, the catalogue documents a monumental research collection that serves as an open invitation for further investigations into the life, works, and legacy of Scotland's bard.

Fiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poetsReference & ResearchEncyclopaedias & reference worksReference worksBibliographies, catalogues, discographiesReference & ResearchEncyclopaedias & reference worksReference worksSerials, periodicals, abstracts, indexes Publisher: University of South Carolina Press Publication Date: 06/03/2009 ISBN-13: 9781570038297  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Elizabeth A. Sudduth is the head of Rare Books and Special Collections Processing and Services for the Thomas Cooper Library at the University of South Carolina. She also compiled The Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection at the University of South Carolina: An Illustrated Catalogue. G. Ross Roy is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at the University of South Carolina and an honorary research fellow in the Department of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow. He has published widely on Burns, and he has edited Burns's letters and contributed to the complete works of Burns. Roy holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh and is honorary president of the Robert Burns Federation.

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