Special and Named Printed Collections in the National Library of Scotland
A selection of 57 items from the collection of the Rev. Dr John Stirton (1871-1944), CVO DD FSA (SCOT), minister of Crathie church, book collector and writer, the books were presented to the Library in 1943 as part of a series of donations by him to the Library (between 1936-44 he also presented nine pre-1501 books to the Library, which now form part of the separate collection of incunables). Dr Stirton also served as librarian at Balmoral Castle and domestic Chaplain to the King in Scotland, and donated items to the library at Holyroodhouse. The items in this collection range from pamphlets relating to events during his royal service to fine examples of early continental printings of Classical and Renaissance authors, including a copy of an Aldine Press copy of the works of Xenophon (1525) which contains the hand-coloured arms of a contemporary Italian nobleman on the title page; a two-volume set of Duns Scotus’ Super Sententias (Paris, 1513); and a copy of Erasmus’ Lucubrationes (Strasbourg, 1517) which contains fragments of apparently contemporary Latin legal documents of French origin on the inner covers. Manuscripts from Dr Stirton’s collection were also presented and bequeathed to the Library between 1938-44.
The manuscripts are described and indexed in Vol. II of the Library’s Catalogue of Manuscripts.