Special and Named Printed Collections in the National Library of Scotland

BIRKBECK COLLECTION

A collection of c. 260 volumes, including 35 volumes of pamphlets, selected from the library of the Scottish printer J.A. Birkbeck (d. 1971), and received in 1971. These are mainly 20th-century works dealing with printing processes, the history of printing, lettering, type and typography; there is also manuscript material relating to the same subjects. The collection contains a number of examples of typefounders’ specimens and printing trade journals, a subsidiary theme being a group of 19th- and 20th-century guide-books relating to Scotland. In addition to the books and manuscripts, the collection includes composing sticks, printing types, wood-engraved blocks, binders’ tools, and an example of a hand type mould.

Typescript inventory of the manuscripts.

Shelfmark: Birk.

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