Special and Named Printed Collections in the National Library of Scotland
The Auld collection of books in and about Esperanto contains nearly 5000 monographs and a comparable number of serials; manuscript items have been transferred to Manuscript Collections. This is the working library of the late William Auld (1924-2006), one of the world's leading writers in Esperanto, who was also Scottish and was nominated three times for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999, 2004 and 2006. Donated to the Library in 2000, his collection is an internationally significant resource for Esperanto studies. Esperanto is the language created by L L Zamenhof in the 1880s, which is now used by communities across the world as a neutral means of communication. The collection contains books printed in countries as diverse as Japan, Latvia, Albania and Vietnam. There are some extremely rare examples of early publications in Esperanto, starting from 1887. However, there are also modern publications, including scientific books, children's books and literary translations, which show that the language continues to develop. There are Esperanto translations of works by writers such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Walter Scott and Robert Burns, as well as original Esperanto fiction and poetry by Scottish writers including William Auld himself. A number of the books have provenance of other Scottish Esperanto libraries such as the Edinburgh Esperanto Society.
The collection is awaiting cataloguing. As an interim measure, monographs can be ordered for use in the Rare Books & Music Reading Room by using a list of the books in subject order. http://www.nls.uk/collections/rarebooks/news/esperanto_collection.pdf