This handsome volume contains, according to the title page '...over 60 poems appearing for the first time in a collected edition, of which some have never before been published.' It would therefore be of considerable interest to any fan of the Scottish author's work, as well as being a pleasure to handle.
James Barke (1905-1958) moved to Glasgow in his teens, where he worked in the shipyards and actively participated in the local political and cultural life. He had numerous novels published between 1933 and 1939 before he took on the ambitious task of recreating the life of Robert Burns in a series of five novels. A lifetime of arduous research, combined with a novelist's rich talent, ensured that the five volumes have deservedly been best-sellers and attained worldwide success. His introduction to this volume gives a comprehensive overview of the poet's life and work.
Bound in a padded cover of the Royal tartan printed on silk, the book shows very few signs of use, apart from some minimal fraying of the silk at the corners. Text block edges are clean, and the page tops are gilt. The binding is tight, and the pages all clean and bright. A previous owner's name is inscribed in pencil on the front free endpaper. The text is preceded by a collection of B/W illustrations, and there is a coloured frontispiece portrait of Burns himself. A very nice collection, handsomely produced.