Special and Named Printed Collections in the National Library of Scotland
WILLIAM BEATTIE COLLECTION
A small selection (98 items) of books, pamphlets and off-prints from the library of William Beattie (1903-86), Keeper of Printed Books in the National Library 1931-53, and Librarian 1953-70. These books are mostly presentation copies from the authors, and they illustrate Beattie’s interests in bibliography and Scottish literature and his friendship with leading scholars in those fields. They were acquired by the Library in 1986-88, along with some letters and papers received by the Department of Manuscripts, most notably notes for, and a draft of, his 1965 Lyell Lectures on the history of the Library.