Special and Named Printed Collections in the National Library of Scotland
A collection of 184 volumes, many of them composite volumes of pamphlets, chiefly relating to English and Scottish trials and peerage cases from the 17th to the 19th century. The collection was presented by Thomas Yule (1859-1940), WS, in 1927, the books having been formerly in the library of John Whiteford Mackenzie (1794-1884), WS. In 1941 the Library received a bequest of 52 volumes of manuscript material, together with 61 charters. Printed items were also bequeathed, including a previously unrecorded specimen of the civilité type used by Thomas Bassandyne in his 1571 edition of Henryson’s The Morall Fabillis of Esope, in a letter of the Privy Council charging every parish in Scotland to support financially the printing of Alexander Arbuthnot’s edition of the Bible (1575) which is bound in one of the manuscript volumes.
The manuscripts and charters are described and indexed in Vol. II of the Library’s Catalogue of Manuscripts.