Special and Named Printed Collections in the National Library of Scotland
A selection of 50 volumes purchased in 1981 from the remnant of a family archive relating to the life and work of Sir Theodore Martin (1816-1909), Edinburgh-born lawyer and man of letters, and his wife the actress Helen Faucit (1817-98). It comprises printed books (some ‘grangerized’ with letters, photographs and engravings), scrapbooks and associated manuscript items, and playbills for Lady Martin’s performances, some of which were in Scottish theatres. The collection contains copies of most of Sir Theodore’s publications in book form - he was also a regular contributor to Blackwood’s Magazine - and his copy of his wife’s volume of essays On Some of Shakespeare’s Female Characters, with inserted letters from Dickens, Browning, Ruskin, Tennyson, Bulwer Lytton and others.
The manuscripts are described and indexed in Vol. XI (unpublished) of the Library’s Catalogue of Manuscripts.