May 2006

Here is some information on a small sample of items recently acquired by Rare Book Collections at the National Library of Scotland.

Pamphlet detail
Detail from a
Jacobite pamphlet

We recently added to the collections four rare anti-Jacobite pamphlets published in York between 1745 and 1746.

Jacobitism was not just a Scottish cause. It also had a strong base of support south of the border in counties such as Northumberland, Yorkshire and Lancashire. However, very few men from northern England were prepared to commit to the Jacobite cause in the 1745 Rebellion. Many more were strongly opposed to the Jacobite uprising.

These violently anti-Jacobite, and also anti-Catholic, pamphlets served as a warning to the local population of the dangers of supporting the Stuarts.



Menu detail
Menu detail

New to the Library's polar collections is a rather curious item — a banquet menu. Held in Cape Town in August 1910, the banquet was given in honour of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and the members of the British Antarctic (Terra Nova'') Expedition.

The 'Terra Nova' Expedition of 1910-1913 was Scott's second one to Antarctica. His goal was to be the first to reach the South Pole. The expedition set out from London on 1 June 1910. In the end, the British party was to be beaten by the Norwegian Roald Amundsen, who reached the South Pole five weeks earlier.

You can read more on Antarctic exploration in our Foreign Collections section.



Spine detail
Binding detail
from 'Sailm

We often find Bibles or parts of the Bible such as the Psalter bound in fine, decorative bindings. The volume shown here has been bound in the style of William Scott, probably not long after it was published in 1787. The text is John Smith's revision of the Gaelic Psalter, published by the Church of Scotland's Synod of Argyll. Smith was assistant minister of the parish of Kilbrandon and Kilchatten, and later minister at Campbeltown.

The title generally used for the Book of Psalms in Gaelic is 'Sailm Dhaibhidh', which translates literally as 'Psalms of David'.

Examples of William Scott's work are included in our feature on Scottish Decorative Bookbinding.


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