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- 'Works in
architecture' by Robert and James Adam
The greatest architectural book of the 18th century.
- Rules for
Scottish printers, 1721
James Watson's rules for printers in Edinburgh.
- Aldus Manutius,
The most celebrated scholar-printer of the Renaissance.
- Albrecht Dürer's 'Vier Bücher von
Four 16th-century books of research into human proportions.
First edition of the complete Bible in Icelandic. —
- The Astorga
An outstanding collection of pre-1800 Spanish books.
in Terram Sanctam', Bernhard von Breydenbach, 1486
The first illustrated travel book.
A key work in Scottish religious and publishing history.
- The Keir
Hardie/Emrys Hughes Collection
From Shakespeare to Soviet Union posters.
- 'Description de
The largest books in the National Library of Scotland.
historiae a prima gentis origine', Hector Boece, 1527
The first printed book dedicated to the history of Scotland.