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Burns books under the hammer

One of Robert Burns' first published poems goes under the hammer and is expected to fetch around £35,000. Other Burns items are valued between £9,000 and £15,000.

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Burns' books auctioned

One of the books Credit: Lyle & Turnbull

A rare first edition of the poems of Robert Burns wil be auctioned and is expected to fetch around £35,000. It dates around 1786.

There are thought to be only 74 surviving copies of the edition, of which 42 are in universities, 22 in libraries, eight in museums and just 12 copies left in private hands.

The book is one of a number of rare copies of his work that will go under the hammer in Edinburgh

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