Special and Named Printed Collections in the National Library of Scotland
A selection of books bought in 1934 from the library at Abbotsford, the collection consists of 106 volumes and 276 pamphlets consisting mainly of literature, 17th- and 18th-century plays and early 19th-century volumes of poetry. There are also works on history, biography, sale catalogues, and some works on witchcraft. The pamphlets cover a wide range of subject matter, and, although mainly London and Edinburgh imprints, they do include a number of continental printings. A number of the books were bound for Sir Walter Scott in brown russia with his badge of a portcullis and his motto in gold at the head of the spine. Notable items include two volumes of 18th-century Spanish and Italian chapbooks collected by John Gibson Lockhart (1794-1854), Scott’s son-in-law; Sir Walter Scott’s Journal, 9 February 1826-13 April 1831, one of the copies printed for Lockhart in preparation for his Life of Scott; and the second volume of an edition of Shakespeare begun by Scott and Lockhart in 1822-23, but abandoned after three volumes were printed. Letters and papers of Sir Walter Scott and John Gibson Lockhart, were also purchased from Abbotsford, in 1931-32 and 1934-35.
The manuscripts are described and indexed in Vol. I of the Library’s Catalogue of Manuscripts.