Special and Named Printed Collections in the National Library of Scotland
A selection of 579 volumes from the library of Henry James Paterson, who, although he lived in the south of England, had been born in Scotland and spent part of his boyhood in Edinburgh. The collection was received by the Library in 1988 and contains books dating from the 15th to the mid-20th century, mainly pre-1801 books, both British and continental imprints, including ten incunables, 11 STC (see p. 3) and 18 Wing (see p. 3) items, and volumes from the Aldine and other Venetian humanist presses. Fine printing from the 18th century is represented by a number of books from the Baskerville, Bodoni, and Foulis Presses, and there are examples of 19th- and 20th-century private press books. The subject matter consists largely of works of literature and the humanities, botany, and volumes on modern art, including the Impressionists. Items of note include the first edition of Jane Austenıs Emma (London, 1816), and William Morrisıs copy of Chaucerıs Workes (London, 1602).