Special and Named Printed Collections in the National Library of Scotland

EUDO MASON COLLECTION

A collection of children’s books formed by Eudo C. Mason, Professor of German in the University of Edinburgh, and presented in 1969 by his executors. It consists of over 3,600 items in English, French and German, including 21 manuscripts, and dates mostly from the 19th century. The collection reflects the education and amusement of children down the years, and includes chapbooks, many published in Glasgow and Paisley, folding-sheet games, card games, jig-saw puzzles, a toy theatre with sheets of plain and coloured characters, a folding peep show, and two horn books. There are also many ‘penny dreadfuls’, and an almost complete collection of ‘Books for the Bairns’.

Typescript inventory of the manuscripts.

Shelfmark: Mas.

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