Special and Named Printed Collections in the National Library of Scotland
Donated by Mrs I.F. Westlake in 1974, this collection of 21 items bound in 12 volumes (16 ESTC and 5 Wing - see p. 3) was originally in the collection of Jacobite and family material inherited by her grandfather, Alexander Pelham Trotter. The collection includes works on King Charles I, bibles and prayer books, including an imperfect copy of a miniature bible, Biblia, or A Practical Summary of ye Old & New Testaments (London, 1727), the rare first issue of the first English children’s bible. There are also a number of items connected with Trotter’s great-grandfather, Sir Robert Strange (1721-92), an important 18th-century artist, who was born in Kirkwall in the Orkneys and took part in the Jacobite rebellion in 1745-46, before establishing himself as one of the foremost engravers in Europe. These items include five annotated Christie’s sale catalogues, dating from the 1770s, for pictures collected by Strange on the Continent.