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Field memoranda for Tasmanian botanists
This is a compact field guide for Tasmanian collectors of local flora, described the author as "an a...

Caledonian Mercury [15 issues for September - October 1737]
The 'Caledonian Mercury' was one of Scotland's earliest newspapers, being published three times a we...

Neuer brittischer Plutarch oder Leben und Charaktere beruehmter Britten.
First edition of a German-language collection of biographical sketches and anecdotes relating to fam...

A letter to the Marquis de Ruvigny
One of only two copies printed by Alan Anderson at the Tragara Press (the other copy is now in the L...

The Highland rogue: or, the memorable actions of the celebrated Robert Mac-gregor, commonly called Rob-Roy.
This is the earliest printed account of the life of Rob Roy, Robert MacGregor (c. 1671-1734), Scotti...

Elucidatio fabricae ususque astrolabii, Ioanne Stoflerino iustengensi authore.
Johannes Stoeffler (1452-1531) was professor of mathematics at the newly founded University of Tuebi...

The noble pedlar! Or the late chance-sellor & present broom seller!!
This is a hand-coloured broadside satirising the Scottish politician Thomas Erskine, first baron Ers...

The history of Netterville, a chance pedestrian.
This is a rare copy of a sentimental novel set in the 1770s which relates the misadventures of the y...

Japan from India: letters & notes of the journey of two travellers, chiefly by one of them.
This is an unrecorded, privately-printed account of a journey to Japan in 1884, made by the eminent ...

The trial of William Brodie wright and cabinet maker in Edinburgh
This is the first issue, in original wrappers, of Elliot's publication of Aeneas Morison's account o...

W. Blacker's art of angling, and complete system of fly making and dying [sic] of colours
This the first edition first issue of William Blacker's famous book on angling, printed in Edinburgh...

Pen pictures: transmitted clairaudiently and telepathically by Robert Burns
This is a privately-printed oddity relating to Robert Burns. It is a volume of over 150 poems in Eng...

Account of the discoveries at Pompeii, communicated to the Society of Antiquaries of London by the Hon. Sir William Hamilton.
This a rare work by Sir William Hamilton (1730/31-1803), diplomatist and art collector, who was appo...

For the benefit of Madame Frederick, on Friday evening, December 26, 1800, will be performed the favorite comedy of The wonder! ... to which will be added a grand historical romance ... taken from Ossian's poems) called Oscar & Malvina or The Hall of Fingal.
Theatre poster advertising performances at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in December 1800...

[A collection of 5 items printed by Lloyd Osbourne in Davos-Platz Switzerland]
This is a collection of five small items printed by Robert Louis Stevenson's stepson, (Samuel) Lloyd...

Epistle to the deil by Holy Willie of Prussia. Second edition.
Anonymous satirical poem in Scots supposedly by "Holy Willie of Prussia" (German Emperor Wilhelm I)a...

De rebus Peruanis, R di P. Dieghi de Torres, Societatis Iesu Presbyteri commentaries a Ioanne Hayo.
This work is an account of Jesuit Father Diego de Torres Bollo's missionary activities in Peru. Afte...

La Bible qui est toute la saincte escriture du Vieil & du Nouveau Testament
This is a rare, finely printed and illustrated French Protestant bible from La Rochelle with an inte...

Picturesque California and the region west of the Rocky Mountains, from Alaska to Mexico.
2014 marks the centenary of the death of Scottish-born naturalist and conservationist John Muir (183...

[Photographs taken by James Law Blair in and around Bandawe when employed by the African Lakes Company circa 1900.]
The volume contains 132 black and white photographs. Bandawe settlement was funded from Glasgow on a...

The Edinburgh Review, or Critical Journal
This is a collection of c. 130 issues of 'The Edinburgh Review', covering the years 1814 to 1860. Th...

A famous Fife trial: the Kirkcaldy duel case.
This 16-page pamphlet records the basic details of one of the most famous murder trials in Scotland ...

The song of Solomon
This book is bound in a modelled goatskin medieval-style binding popularised by Scottish women binde...

A late voyage to St. Kilda, the remotest of all the Hebrides, or Western Isles of Scotland
Martin Martin (d. 1718), the Scottish traveller and author, wrote the first published account of the...

A Scottish penny wedding
This Belfast-printed broadside contains a large wood engraving printed from nine individual blocks. ...

Ta tou Pindarou Olympia
This is the first volume of the miniature Foulis Press edition of the ancient Greek poet Pindar's od...

Ricerche storiche e critiche su le cause dei progressi e del decadimento della repubblica Romana. [History of the progress and termination of the Roman Republic]
This is the first Italian translation of Adam Ferguson's 'History of the progress and termination of...

Remarks on a voyage to the Hebrides, in a letter to Samuel Johnson, LL.D
In January 1775 Samuel Johnson's 'Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland' was published. His accou...

Bildliche Darstellungen in Arabeskenform zu Ossians Gedichten
This is a rare copy, in its original wrappers, of a portfolio of six lithographs, and a leaf of desc...

The Edinburgh almanack for the year MDCCLXXVII.
This 1777 printing of the Edinburgh almanack (no copies recorded in ESTC) is notable for being in a ...

Papers relating to the devastation committed by goats on the island of St. Helena.
This is one of the first items printed on the island of St Helena; it addresses, among other things,...

Rules and regulations of the North-British Society in Halifax, Nova-Scotia.
The Halifax North British Society was founded on 26 March 1768, making it the oldest Scottish charit...

Elena Duglas ili Deva Ozera Lok-Katrinskago [Lady of the lake]
This is an early Russian translation of Sir Walter Scott's narrative poem 'The Lady of the lake', fi...

Adonais
This is the rare first printing of Percy Bysshe Shelley's elegy on the death of fellow-poet John Kea...

Poems, chiefly in the Scottish dialect.
This early 19th-century edition of Burns's "Poems, chiefly in the Scottish dialect" was published in...

A true collection of poems on the several birth-days of His Majesty King George
This small collection of seven poems in honour of the Hanoverian royal family was written by a now o...

A letter to Mr. Stevenson's friends.
Shortly after Robert Louis Stevenson's death in Samoa in December in 1894, his stepson, Lloyd Osbour...

[Volume containing 5 works by Voltaire formerly in the library of David Hume]
This volume contains five works by the French writer, historian and philosopher Voltaire (François-M...

Excise a comical hieroglyphical epistle
This is an unusual satirical broadside attacking the unpopular Scottish prime minister John Stuart, ...

A full and true account of the cruel and inhuman behaviour of a certain late M[ember]r of P[arliament] to his lady
This unrecorded broadside from 1785 or 1786 reports on events preceding the abduction of Mary Bowes,...

Egregii patris et clari theologi Ricardi ... de superdivina trinitate theologicu[m] opus.
This is an early Estienne imprint and the first edition of a treatise on the Christian doctrine of t...

Book of common prayer
This volume contains an incomplete 1756 printing of the Book of Common Prayer, as well as a 1764 pri...

Poems, chiefly in the Scottish dialect. 2nd edition.
This is a copy of the 2-volume second edition of Burns's "Poems chiefly in the Scottish dialect" wit...

Articles of the Glasgow Ayrshire Society.
This unrecorded pamphlet is a early publication relating to the Glasgow Ayrshire Society. The Societ...

A letter addressed to the Hon. John Lynch, chairman of the special congressional committee of the United States Senate, on the navigation interest
This pamphlet relates to USA's efforts to rebuild its merchant navy, which had been left in a parlou...

A practical illustration of Gilpin's day: representing the various effects on landscape scenery from morning till night
This is a rare first edition of a book illustrating the effects of light and the weather on the land...

Saggio sopra la storia delle societa civile [Essay on the history of civil society]
This is the rare (no copies recorded outside Italy) first Italian translation of Adam Ferguson's "Es...

Paisley Dispensary. A poem.
James Maxwell (1720-1800), the self-styled 'Poet in Paisley' worked as a packman, weaver, clerk, sch...

Report and plan for laying-out and planning the Meadows
This pamphlet puts forward plans to develop a large and much-loved public park in Edinburgh. The Mea...

Therese philosophe
This is a very rare 1773 printing of the French erotic novel Therese Philosophe (Therese the philoso...

Le miroir de la tante Marguerite et la chambre tapissee, contes.
This volume contains the first edition in French of Scott's essay 'On the Supernatural in Fictitious...

Le Ministre Ecossais, ou le Veuvage d' Adam Blair
This is an unrecorded French translation of Lockhart's controversial work "Some Passages in the Life...

The coppy of a letter sent from the Earle of Traquere in Ireland the third of October 1641
This is a rare pamphlet (5 other copies recorded in ESTC), printed in late 1641 as political and civ...

An account of the manner in which sentences of penal servitude are carried out in England
This is a presentation copy of a work on the penal system in England. It was given by the author, Si...

Praktisches Handbuch fuer Staats- und regierungsbeamte besonders in den preussischen Staaten: nach Anleitung Adam Smiths Untersuchung ueber die Natur des Nationalreichthums.
Cölln's substantial commentary on Adam Smith is one of a handful of early nineteenth century works t...

A catalogue of a most extensive and valuable collection of Greek and Roman coins and medals, in gold, silver, and copper ... formed by the Right Hon. James Earl of Morton,
This is the Sotheby's sale catalogue of the remarkable collection of Greek and Roman coins and medal...

A navy sermon delivered on board His Majesty's Ship Venerable of seventy-four guns.
This rare pamphlet (only one other copy of this printing is recorded, in the British Library, but no...

Les annales et croniques de France
This book has been donated from the collection of the late John Buchanan-Brown (d. 2011), author and...

A poem descriptive of the ancient and noble seat of Hawk-head.
This is an unrecorded topographical poem by James Maxwell (1720-1800), the self-styled 'poet in Pais...

Srazhenie pri Lore: epicheskaia poema iz Ossiana [The Battle of Lora: an epic poem from Ossian].
In 1792 Ermil Ivanovich Kostrov produced the first complete prose version of James Macpherson's Ossi...

The tyrant of the Cuchullin hills
This is lithographed book, privately printed by the rural improver and gardener Sir Charles Isham (1...

The theory of moral sentiments. 2nd edition.
This is one of the 750 copies printed of the second edition of the "The theory of moral sentiments"....

[6 pamphlets by or relating to Robert Reid Kalley]
This is a collection of six pamphlets, printed in Portugal and Funchal in Madeira, relating to the c...

Sea sermons: or, a series of discourses for the use of the Royal Navy.
This is collection of fourteen sermons by the Scottish surgeon and abolitionist James Ramsay (1733-...

A collection of poems in six volumes.
This handsome 6-volume set of English poetry was bound by James Scott of Edinburgh, the most celebra...

Photographs of the auld brig of Ayr (built about fifteenth century)
This a rare privately-published photo album documenting, in a series of 28 numbered photographs, the...

The history of King Lear, a tragedy.
R. and A. Foulis had issued 'Lear' in 1753, using Pope's text, including it in their 'works' of 1766...

Ornithological biography: or an account of the habits of the birds of the United States of America
This is a complete 5-volume set of Audubon's "Ornithological biography" in their original salmon-pin...

Deer stalking in the Highlands.
Robert Frankland (1784-1849) was a talented amateur artist who later assumed by royal licence the su...

The speeches of the six condemn'd Lords at their tryals in Westminster-Hall.
After the failure of the Jacobite rising in 1715/16, the British government was quick to dispense ju...

Silva: or a discourse of forest-trees.
This is a magnificent binding of a York printing of the 17th-century English scholar John Evelyn's "...

The bird-fancier's companion; or, a true and easy way of hatching and bringing forth canary birds. 2nd ed.
Only two other copies of this book on canaries are recorded in ESTC and no first edition is recorded...

Sights and Scenes on the Tokaido.
This handsome volume was one of a series of views of Japan that the pioneering photographer, Kazumas...

A new drawing book of ornaments in the antique style.
Originally published in 1795, this reissue with a variant title and the plates signed and dated "Des...

Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser
This is a collection of individual issues of the "Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser", from 24...

Extracts from lectures on phrenology: delivered to the Hampshire Phrenological Society, Portsmouth, in 1834. + Testimonials in favour of James Scott.
This volume contains three works, presumably printed for the author James Scott (1785-1860), on the ...

Poems on various subjects.
This is the only published collection of poems by the Church of Scotland minister William Cameron (1...

Esposizione della contestazione insorta fra il Signor Davide Hume e il Signor Gian Jacopo Russo.
The quarrel between the two 18th-century philosophers, David Hume and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, is one ...

Observations on illicit distillation and smuggling: with some remarks on the reports of Woodbine Parish Esq. chairman of the excise board, on that subject.
This is a rare pamphlet, with only two other copies located in major libaries in the UK and USA. The...

Four views of the skull of Robert Burns : taken from a cast moulded at Dumfries, the 31st day of March 1834.
This rare pamphlet, only one other copy is recorded, bears witness to the extraordinary hold that th...

Orcadensis to William Cobbett, M.P. on the political grievances of Orkney and Zetland.
Written in the form of a letter to the radical English writer and politician William Cobbett, this v...

Epistola Gulielmi Brussii Scoti. Ad illustrem D. Johannen Gostomium.
By the end of the 16th-century there was a large number of Scottish emigrants living in Poland and l...

Ivanhoe: romanja.
The Library has in recent years acquired a number of early translations of the works of Sir Walter S...

Ellenore, a ballad originally written in German by G.A. Buerger.
This an unrecorded folio, large-paper, printing of a translation of a German poem that would help la...

A poem to the memory of Mr. Robert Sandeman.
This is a very rare collection of poems celebrating the life of Robert Sandeman (1718-1771), the Sco...

The Triumphs of Love
A work adapted by Crouch, writing under his Robert Burton pseudonym, from an unidentified work by a ...

Hoyle's game of whist.
Edmond Hoyle (1679-1769) was the first English writer on the rules and strategy of popular games. He...

[Works ed. Franciscus Puteolanus]
This is the second collected edition of the works of the Roman historian Tacitus (AD 56-AD117) conta...

Sixty-six years' residence in South Africa: an autobiographical sketch.
This rare book, crudely printed in the small South African town of Fort Beaufort, documents the expe...

[Volume containing 10 18th-century plays]
This 'sammelband' contains 10 short plays printed in a variety of locations in the British Isles in ...

Account of a most melancholy and dreadful accident! Loss of the Comet steam-boat. 70 persons drowned.
This broadside ballad combines a prose account of a maritime disaster with a poem commemorating the ...

A list of the sporting ladies who is [sic] arrived from all the principal towns in Great Britain and Ireland, to take their pleasure at Leith races, on Monday the 3d June 1776.
This is an 18th-century broadside containing an 86-line poem about the prostitutes lately arrived in...

English Bards and Scotch reviewers. A satire.
This is one of several pirated editions of Byron's famous satirical poem "English Bards and Scotch r...

Proclamation by his excellency Lieutenant General Sir Hugh Dalrymple = Proclamacao de sua excellencia o Tenente General Sir Huch [sic] Dalrymple.
This three-page proclamation was drafted by Scottish army officer Sir Hew Whitefoord Dalrymple (1750...

[Lord's prayer and Apostle's creed in Greek]
This unrecorded, small single sheet of Greek printing was done by Edinburgh-based printer, Andrew Sy...

Ivanhoe : opera en trois actes, imite de l' anglais.
"Ivanhoe" is probably Sir Walter Scott's most successful and enduring novel. Several musical adaptio...

De imitatione Christi libri quatuor. Editio novissima.
This edition of medieval monk Thomas a Kempis's famous devotional work, "The imitation of Christ" ha...

Edinburgh weekly miscellany.
This is the second recorded copy of the complete run (14 issues) of a short-lived Edinburgh newspape...

Poems on various subjects, (English and Scotch).
Alexander Hewit (1778-1850), "the Berwickshire ploughman" published three editions of his poems in B...

Izsledovanie celoveceskago razumenia (An Inquiry concerning human understanding).
This is the rare first Russian translation of Hume's "Philosophical Essays concerning Human Understa...

Elliots Leben: nebst practischen Bemerkungen aus dessen Leben gezogen zur Bildung junger Krieger und anderer Personen vom Stande.
This is a second edition of a German biography by Johann Nicolaus Carl Buchenroeder of the celebrate...

The life of William Annesly.
This is a very rare printing (ESTC records one other copy in the American Antiquarian Society) of a ...

A medley, history, directory, and discovery of Galashiels
The author of this work, George Reavely (1815-1895) was a native of Galashiels, whose life is briefl...

Sentences in the Fernandian tongue.
This is a very rare vocabulary/phrasebook of the Bube language, compiled by a Scottish Baptist missi...

My campaign in Ireland
Posthumously published six years after Cardinal Newman's death in 1890, "My campaign in Ireland" bri...

Metaphysicae seu Primae philosophicae institutiones [bound with] Institutiones physicae.
This bound volume contains two scarce early editions of works by the Scottish philosopher and physic...

His Majesty's most gracious declaration. James R.
This four-page declaration by James Stuart 'The Old Pretender', "given at our court at Rome, the 23d...

Proposals for printing by subscription ... Travels in the interior parts of Africa
This is an unrecorded single sheet, dated June 4th 1798, outlining the conditions for subscribing to...

The puzzling cap: a choice collection of riddles
This is an unrecorded early Scottish childrens book in pocket-size format with original wrappers. C...

Ode sur la rebellion de MDCCXLV en Ecosse
The NLS's collections of material relating to the Jacobite uprising of 1745-46 have been enhanced by...

The jolly beggars : a cantata.
This pamphlet published as a guide to an exhibition of eight figures by the Scottish sculptor John G...

Poema posledniago barda. [Lay of the last minstrel]
This is the rare first edition in Russian of "The Lay of the Last Minstrel", first published in Engl...

Matil'da Rokbi, poema v shesti knigakh. [Rokeby]
This is the rare first edition in Russian of Scott's English Civil War poem, "Rokeby". No copy has ...

Liber tertius de fidei familia
This is a rare work of theology, unrecorded in the UK, by one George Clark[e] 'Scoto-Britannus', pub...

The King Emperor's Indian Durbar tour 1911-1912
'Durbar' is a Persian term that was adopted in India to refer to a ruler's court. It could also be u...

David Hume's vollkommne [sic] Republik [Idea of a perfect commonwealth].
David Hume's 'Idea of a perfect commonwealth' was first published as Essay XII of his "Political Dis...

Poems chiefly by Robert Burns, and Peter Pindar, &c. &c. To which is added the Life of Robert Burns. + The Oeconomy of love [by John Armstrong]
This small volume contains two unrecorded editions bound together; the first is an anthology which c...

Morgante maggiore.
This is the first separate edition of Byron's translation of the first canto of the "Morgante", a po...

Kenel'uort. Roman Val'tera Skota obrabotan dlia iunoshestva [Kenilworth. A novel by Walter Scott adapted for youth].
This is a Russian adaption of Sir Walter Scott's novel "Kenilworth" for younger readers. The cover s...

Record Commission. Scotland. Correspondence of C.P. Cooper, Esq. Secretary to the Board, with Thomas Thomson, Esq. deputy clerk register [etc] + 2 other items
This particular volume contains three works relating to Thomas Thomson (1768-1852), record scholar a...

A treatise on forest-trees.
William Boutcher was a Scottish nurseryman, who had premises at Comely Bank, Edinburgh (his father, ...

Ladies and gentlemen, the contents of this bill are worthy your attention. Comfortable walking. D. Davis, (to be consulted at Mrs. Young's, No.5, College-street, Edinburgh,) the well known extractor of hard and soft corns, bunnions [sic] on the great toes, root and branch, without the least pain or drawing blood ....
Printed ephemera from the hand-press era of printing are particularly scarce, so this Edinburgh-prin...

The book of common prayer + A companion to the altar + A new version of the Psalms of David
The Library has the largest institutional collection of bindings by James Scott and his son William,...

Inamorulla oder Ossians Grosmuth. Ein Schauspiel in fünf Aufzügen. Nach Ossian.
The Ossianic poems of James MacPherson, first published in the 1760s, also had a huge impact on the ...

The weeping christian; or The six vices of man.
This is an unrecorded, earliest known printing of a collection of six moral and devotional poems rel...

Vizsgalodas a nemzeti vagyonossag termeszeterol es okairol [Wealth of Nations]
The Library has one of the most extensive collections in the world of printed material relating to t...

Lord Byron's Poesien.
This is the rare first collected German edition of Byron's complete works and is a welcome addition ...

Love and a sword: a tale of the Afridi War.
The Scottish author George Douglas Brown (1869-1902) is best known for his work "The House with the ...

Overland route to India and China.
In the 19th century the firm of Thomas Nelson became of the most successful publishing houses in the...

The epistle of Paul to the Ephesians.
The Library, thanks to the donation of a collection of the Royal Blind Asylum and School in Edinburg...

[Collection of 6 pre-1701 items printed in Scotland]
A collection of 6 Scottish single-sheet items printed before 1700, these were formerly part of a bou...

Whiskiana, or, the drunkard's progress. A poem. In Scottish verse.
This is a poem in Scots dealing with the "evil of habitual intoxication", which mixes humour with a ...

The penitent lady, or reflections on the mercy of God. The third edition, corrected.
The author of this work, Louise Francoise de la Baume le Blanc, Duchesse de la Valliere (1644-1710),...

Nuevo triunfo de la religion Catolica, que los fieles deven al Christiano real cuydado, y magnanima providencia de serenissimo rey de la Bretaña Jacobo Segundo.
By the third year of his reign as king of England, Scotland and Ireland, James VII and II was findin...

The secret: a novel.
Isabella Kelly, née Fordyce (1759-1857), poet and novelist, was born at Cairnburgh Castle, Aberdeen....

The true interest of Great Britain considered.
In 1783 the agriculturist and political economist James Anderson (1739-1808), having already written...

[Collection of c. 230 items printed by Alan Anderson at the Tragara Press]
This is a collection of c. 230 letterpress items printed by Alan Anderson's Tragara Press between 19...

[Collection of 13 printed items mainly edited or written by Andrew Duncan the elder].
This collection of ephemera is mostly connected with a key figure in the Scottish Enlightenment, the...

A thanksgiving ode on the recovery of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.
An unrecorded work by the Scottish poet Walter Goalen, specially written and published to commemorat...

[Album of Russian and Scandinavian photographs from the 1860s and 1870s]
This unusual album contains 48 albumen prints, from around the 1860s and 70s. They are mostly portra...

Kalogynomia or the laws of female beauty: Being the elementary principles of that science.
The Scottish physician John Roberton (1776-1840) was a radical and controversial figure in the medic...

Institutes of health.
The Scottish physician John Roberton (1776-1840) was a radical and controversial figure in the medic...

A plain and earnest address to Britons, especially farmers.
This anonymous pamphlet was printed in the Northumbrian town of Alnwick by the Scottish printer, Joh...

Antitortor Bellarmianus Ioannes Gordonius Scotus pseudodecanus et capellanus Calvinisticus.
In the early 1600s King James VI/I found himself embroiled in a feud with the Italian cardinal Rober...

Faits divers, pensées diverses, et quelques réponses de sourds-muets précédés d'une gravure représentant leur alphabet manuel et de notions sur la dactylologie ou le langage des doigts, avec des détails intéresssants sur une sourde-muette-aveugle Francaise, et sur un Sourd-Muet-Aveugle Écossais.
This book is the rare second edition of a selection of writings on deaf-mutes by one of the leading ...

The tragedy of Macbeth. By William Shakespear [sic]. As it is acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane, by His Majesty's servants. To which are added all the original songs.
18th-century London editions of individual Shakespeare plays are relatively common, but Scottish edi...

The child's catechism in two parts. The first, treating of God... The second, of mans recovery... By a well-wisher to the education of children.
Learning the catechism was an essential part of religious education in the 18th century. Catechisms ...

A dramatic dialogue between the King of France and the Pretender.
This 12-page pamphlet contains an unrecorded poem in blank verse printed in London in 1746. The anon...

[Handbill for sermon to be preached at Glasgow Episcopal Chapel, August 14 1814, by Rev. Isaac Saunders]
This broadside handbill or flyer advertises a sermon to be preached at the Episcopal Chapel, Glasgow...

Earnest invitation to all profane persons to repent.
Swearing, drunkenness and working on Sundays are still issues in contemporary society, as they were ...

Slave trade.
An abolitionist broadside printed in Haddington, East Lothian indicating that the residents of Dunba...

Handbuch der Staatswirthschaft: zum Gebrauche bey akademischen Vorlesungen, nach Adam Smith's Grundsatzen.
Early synopsis of Smith's 'Wealth of nations' for use at universities. Sartorius, a professor at Got...

Edinburgh sold by Arch. Gilchrist & Co. at their warehouse behind the city-guard ....
This is a fascinating piece of late 18th-century printed ephemera. It is an engraved trade card for ...

L' Argenide di Giovanni Barclaio.
The Library has recently acquired a number of early editions of the Franco-Scottish author John Barc...

Marci Duncani philosophiae et med. D. Institutionis logicae libri quinque.
Born possibly in London, the philosopher Mark Duncan (d. 1640) was of Scottish parentage and probabl...

Glimpses of China: a series of Vandyck photogravures illustrating Chinese life and surroundings.
This is a welcome addition to the Library's holdings of photographically illustrated books on the Fa...

De miraculorum natura philosophiae principiis non contradicente.
This is a rare German Enlightenment text which systematically confutes David Hume's essay on miracle...

To circumjack Cencrastus or The curly snake.
The Library has a large collection of examples of fine Scottish bookbinding, from the 15th century d...

Jacobi des Andern aus Franckreich, in Gendancken nach Engeland.
The Library has one of the major collections of printed material relating to Jacobites and Jacobitis...

The tail of the Beagle, ship! ahoy!
Early Scottish privately-printed books often did not come to the Library through legal deposit, so t...

A compendium of authentic and entertaining voyages digested in a chronological series.
This seven-volume anthology of travel writing was partially edited by the Scottish author Tobias Smo...

Munster village, a novel.
"Munster Village" is the best known work of one of Scotland's earliest female novelists. This is a c...

Photographic views of Loch Katrine and of some of the principal works constructed for introducing the water of Loch Katrine into the city of Glasgow.
Loch Katrine, a freshwater loch in the Trossach hills north of Glasgow, was identified in 1853 by Jo...

Catalogue of an extensive & valuable library of economic, historical and general literature.
Auction sale catalogues may not at first sight seem particularly interesting but the stories that li...

Observations on the means of exciting a spirit of national industry; chiefly intended to promote the agriculture, commerce, manufactures, and fisheries, of Scotland.
This is the first Irish printing of a work originally published in Edinburgh in 1777, which contains...

Als der Hoch-Edle, Großachtbare und Hochgelahrte Herr, Hr. Robert Scott, Medicinae Doctor, Sr. ChurFuerstl. Durchl. von Hannover wohlbestalter Leib-Medicus, am Sonntage Septuagesima 1714 durch eine gewaltsahme Kranckheit aus dem Weinberge dieser Welt von seiner Arbeit auffgefordert wurde ...
In 1714 Dr Robert Scott, a Scottish physician working in Germany, died after a long and successful c...

Report drawn up by a committee of the Highland Society of Scotland.
This is an unrecorded Stirling printing of a report drawn up by a special committee of the Highland ...

Wysgeerige en staatkundige verhandelingen [Political Discourses]
This is a rare edition (no copies recorded elsewhere in the UK) of the first Dutch translation of Da...

Essay on the memory and character of Dorophagus, the great patriot of the North.
This anonymous satirical pamphlet is a savage attack on 'Dorophagus' (from the Greek for 'devourer o...

Vergleichung des Zustandes und der Kraefte des Menschen, mit dem Zustande und den Kraeften der Thiere.
This is the first German translation of "A comparative view of the state and faculties of man with t...

Entwurf von Platon's Leben, nebst Bermerkungen ueber dessen schriftstellerischen und philosophischen Charakter.
This is the first German translation of "Remarks on the Life and Writings of Plato", which was origi...

Vier Philosophen
This is the extremely rare German translation of Hume's essays 'The Epicurean', 'The Stoic', "The Pl...

The experienced millwright; or, A treatise on the construction of some of the most useful machines, with the latest improvements. [2nd edition]
Andrew Gray's 'The experienced millwright' presents the most accurate first-hand account of the stat...

MacKenzie's Gazette
The Dundonian William Lyon Mackenzie (1795-1861) ran a circulating library with his mother before em...

On the trail of Stevenson
This is the uncensored first issue, first edition of Clayton Meeker Hamilton's 1915 biography of Rob...

Proclamation welcher Gestalt Carolus Stuard Prince von Schottlandt und Walles Koenig in Schottlandt und Irrlandt den 5. Februarii S.V. 1649, zu Edenburg in Schottlandt solenniter und offentlich aussgeruffen und proclamirt worden.
This is one of two recorded German-language translations of the proclamation issued by the Estates o...

Euphormionis Lusinini.
This is an early English edition of the works of Scottish author John Barclay (1582-1621) which cons...

On the origin of species by means of natural selection. [2nd edition]
Darwin's "Origin of Species" is one of the most important, influential and controversial books to ha...

Re-issue of the shorter stories of Fiona Macleod: rearranged, with additional tales.
This is a three-volume set of William Sharp's short stories, written under the pseudonym 'Fiona MacL...

[Privillegiya, dannaya ober' bergmejsteru 7-10 klassa Karla Berdu na upotrablenie mashiny]
Charles Baird (1766-1843) was a prominent Scottish engineer and industrialist who started his career...

A treatise on ship-building and navigation. In three parts wherein the theory, practice, and application of all the necessary instruments are perspicuously handled. With the construction and use of a new invented shipwright's sector, for readily laying down and delineating ships, whether of similar or dissimilar forms. Also tables of the sun's declination, of meridional parts, of difference of latitude and departure, of logarithms, and of artificial sines, tangents and secants. By Mungo Murray. Shipwright, in His Majesty's Yard, Deptford. To which is added by way of appendix, an English abridgment of another treatise on naval architecture, lately published at Paris by M. Duhamel, Mem. of the R. Acad. of Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and Surveyor General of the French Marine. The whole illustrated with eighteen Copper Plates.
Murray, Mungo (1705-1770) was born in Fowlis Wester, near Crieff, Perth. In 1738, after completing a...

Be it known to all men that we Sir Ride the super eminent sovereign of the Capital Knighthood of the Cape... being well inform'd ... of Walter Buchanan Esq.r... create, admit & receive him a Knight Companion of this most social order ...
This is a membership certificate, printed on vellum, for the Glasgow branch of the Cape Club, or Kni...

[Five printed documents relating to the Friendly Society of the Heritors of Edinburgh and suburbs thereof, Canongate, Leith, &c. for a mutual insurance of their tenements and houses &c. from losses by fire.]
Fire was an ever-present danger in the Old Town of Edinburgh and in 1703 the city suffered a series ...

Fragstuck des christlichen Glaubens an die neuwe sectische Predigkanden.
This is the first German translation of the treatise "Certaine demandes concerning the Christian rel...

Shipped by the grace of God in good o[r]der ... by Ro[bert] Stuart for Henry Leivie ...
This is a rare piece of 17th-century printed ephemera, presumably printed in Scotland, namely a bill...

De Iezabelis Anglae parricido [sic] varii generis poemata Latina et Gallica.
This is a very rare collection of poems in Latin, French and Italian verse lamenting the execution o...

[Archive of pictorialist photographs taken in Scotland c. 1907-1945]
This is an important archive of bromoil transfer photographs/prints, consisting of 60 images on 57 p...

De vulgi erroribus in medicina.
This is the rare first overseas edition of the physician James Primrose's 'De vulgi in medicina erro...

M. Tullii Ciceronis opera philosophica ex editione Jo. Aug. Ernesti cum notis et interpretatione in usum Delphini variis lectionibus notis variorum recensu editionum et codicum et indicibus locupletissimis accurate recensita.[vol.II only]
This is volume two taken from an eighteen volume edition of the collected works of Marcus Tullius Ci...

Proposals for printing by subscription, in two large volumes in folio, the plans, elevations, and sections, of the principal regular buildings in Scotland, together with several new designs, done for some of the noblemen and gentlemen of that country. To which will be added, the particular sections of the best rooms built in Scotland. Also, some designs of buildings for the decoration of parks and gardens. By the late William Adam, Esq. architect, and continued by his son John Adam, Esq. ...
During the 1720s the Scottish architect William Adam began plans to publish "Vitruvius Scoticus", a ...

Ristretto dei viaggi fatti in Africa dal capitano Smith.
This is a hitherto unrecorded pamphlet in Italian based on a report written by Scottish army medical...

De Zeeroover [The Pirate]
The fame of Walter Scott's novels spread quickly through Continental Europe. Scott's novel "The Pira...

Narcisse, ou le Chateau d'Arabit
This rare and obscure French gothic novel with a Scottish setting begins with 'miss Narcisse', who h...

Specimen book of fine colours for letterpress and lithographic printers.
The firm A.B. Fleming & Co. was founded c. 1854 and was initially based in Salamander Street in Leit...

A decorative box containing six miniature publications by David Bryce of Glasgow
A collection of six miniature publications by David Bryce of Glasgow housed in a metal hinged box wh...

Hints relating to emigrants and emigration; embracing observations and facts intended to display the real advantages of New South Wales, as a sphere for the successful exercise of industry.
This is the first of three editions of an early work on emigration to Australia by Henry Carmichael ...

A catalogue of books on Australia and the neighbouring colonies: being a portion of the library of John L. Currie of Lawarra (formerly Larra).
This is the second edition of a catalogue of one of the great colonial Australiana book collections....

Cabinet of curiosities (No. I-IX)
The "London Corresponding Society" was a radical society which sought political reform, inspired by ...

The ladies' science of etiquette by a lady
Victorian society was famously governed by strict codes of etiquette which were supposed to be the d...

A general view of the national police system, recommended by the Select Committee of Finance to the House of Commons.
Patrick Colquhoun (1745-1820), born in Dumbarton, was a magistrate and founder of the Thames police,...

Ricerche sopra la natura e le cause della ricchezza delle nazioni [Wealth of nations].
This is the second Italian edition, and a new translation, of Adam Smith's 'Wealth of Nations', publ...

The vision of Don Roderick; a poem.
This is a copy of the first edition of Scott's poem, bound in an ornate, contemporary calf binding. ...

The Poetical Works of the inimitable Don Carlos, commonly called the Young Chevalier.
This is the first edition of a very rare and unusual attack on Bonnie Prince Charlie, which involved...

Complete works of Shakespeare in 20 miniature volumes.
This is a miniature set of Shakespeare's complete works in 20 volumes published by David Bryce of Gl...

Adam Fergusons ausfuehrliche Darstellung der Gruende der Moral und Politik v.1 [Principles of Moral and Political Science].
This is the rare first German edition of Adam Ferguson's 'Principles of Moral and Political Science'...

This print representing in one view the manual & the ten divisions of the Highland broad sword. As practised by the dismounted troops of the Light Horse Volunteers of London & Westminster ... at a review on Wimbledon Common on the 10th of July 1800.
This is an unrecorded single sheet item which contains 148 figures drawn and etched by the artist T...

The discreet princess; or, the adventures of Finetta. A Novel.
This volume of eight chapbooks, six of which are of Scottish origin, has the bookplate of Crewe Hall...

Euphormionis Lusinini Satyricon.
This is the extremely rare first edition (or at least the first surviving edition) of John Barclay's...

Pennsylvania Packet, and Daily Advertiser for Saturday December 5, 1789
This single issue of the Pennsylvania Packet contains an advertisement for the first American editio...

Dialogues sur la religion naturelle.Ouvrage posthume.
...

Public confession of Christ illustrated, and the obligations to it stated. A sermon preached at Newton of Mearns 5th of September, 1780. being [sic] a day of solemn fasting and covenanting
An interesting insight into the late 18th-century Scottish book trade is provided by this rare pamph...

Allies Bible in khaki.
This is one of the most rare miniature Bibles produced by David Bryce and Son of Glasgow. Known as t...

The agreable [sic] contrast between the British hero and the Italian fugitive.
This is an engraved satirical broadside printed in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden, which gi...

States of the affairs of Messrs Douglas, Heron, and company, at August 1773, when they finally gave up business.
This is an unrecorded broadside of 1780, presumably printed in Edinburgh, which summarises the finan...

Teoriia nravstvennykh chuvstv [Theory of moral sentiments].
This is the first, very rare edition in Russian of Smith's 'Theory of moral sentiments'. The transl...

[A group of 8 poetical broadsides, printed on silk and dedicated to Count Agostino Scotti dei Duglassi]
This is a collection of Italian poetical broadsides composed to celebrate Count Agostino Scotti dei ...

Serjeants of the 78th Highlanders
An outstanding composite albumin photograph entitled 'Serjeants of the 78th Highlanders' by the phot...

Petition of Alexander Bain.
Alexander Bain (1810-1877) was a clockmaker and inventor from Caithness who moved to London in 1837....

Resurection [sic] men disturbed, or a guilty conscience needs no accuser.
This is a hand-coloured satirical etching by Scottish artist Isaac Cruikshank (1764-1811) depicting ...

McKinlay's Journal of Exploration in the Interior of Australia (Burke Relief Expedition)
John McKinlay (1819-1872) was born at Sandbank, on Holy Loch, Argyll, Scotland. He was educated at D...

The history of the life, bloody reign and death of Queen Mary, eldest daughter to Hen. 8. ...
This is an unrecorded edition of this title. The two other 1682 editions listed in ESTC have differe...

The life of Robert Earl of Leicester, the favourite of Queen Elizabeth: drawn from original writers and records
This book comes from the library of Gordon Castle, home of the Dukes of Gordon, and contains that li...

[The Seasons] With sympathy inscribed to all who love flowers and their emblems
This is a fine example of de luxe book production in mid-Victorian Edinburgh. Bound in dark green cl...

Scotch gallantry display'd: or the life and adventures of the unparralel'd [sic] Col. Fr-nc-s Ch-rt-s, impartially related. With some remarks on other writers on this subject.
This is the rare first edition of a pamphlet which gives an account of the life of the infamous Fran...

The book of Dalbeattie Golf Club.
This is a rare early 20th-century golf publication on golf in Dumfries and Galloway. The Dalbeattie ...

Illustrated examples of MacFarlane's Architectural ironwork
This is a superb folio-size brochure aimed at members of the building trade highlighting the ironwor...

Bhagavad-Gita
This is a miniature copy of the Bhagavad-Gita, printed in gold and produced by David Bryce of Glasgo...

The mountain cottage.
This short work is a rare and virtually unknown American children's story about a Scottish immigrant...

Queries regarding the potato disease.
This is an interesting questionnaire sent out to Scottish farmers ('the most skilful local farmers')...

Book of the Banff Golf Club bazaar.
This is a rare item of late 19th-century 'golfiana'. It consists of poems, songs and short stories b...

The ass reliev'd. a true tale. In which is contained some remarks and observations, on the office of a tide-waiter.
This is an unrecorded Greenock chapbook by a local author, William Duncan. The verso of the title p...

On the means of defending farm houses.
This is a rare South African imprint which gives instructions for the defence of farms during the 6t...

Proposals for printing, by subscription, Tartuffe: or, The holy hypocrite detected and exposed.
This is a single sheet item in the form of a spoof prospectus which is referred to in a 1764 legal a...

Rider's British Merlin for the year of Our Lord God 1804.
This almanac, in a splendid decorative binding, is perhaps most interesting for its annotations: the...

The Edinburgh Almanack and Scots Register for 1807
This Edinburgh Almanack belonged to Fletcher Norton (1744-1820), second son of Fletcher Norton, firs...

Journal d' une residence en Circassie pendant les annees 1837, 1838, et 1839.
James Stanislaus Bell (1796-1858) was a Dundee-born trader who in the 1830s started trading in Circa...

A short love story: the people of St Andrews and Robert T. (Bobby) Jones Jr.
This is a commemorative pamphlet issued by the Atlanta Athletic Club shortly after the death of its ...

Rules of the Fettercairn Cricket Club 1865
This appears to be the earliest surviving printed rule book of a Scottish cricket club; indeed it ma...

Leichte und ganz neue Art Pferde zu englisiren [sic] [+ 1 other work]
This volume contains the second work by the 18th-century Scottish horse doctor, Dionysius Robertson,...

[Trade catalogue advertising coal cleaning and sorting machinery etc.]
This is an early illustrated trade catalogue, which includes photographic illustrations of products ...

A grammar of the Carnataca language
This is the first published grammar of the Kannada language of India. The author was a member of th...

[Photograph album covering the years 1897-1912, with photographs of the Gordon Highlanders, Calcutta Volunteer Rifles, and scenes of army life in India and South Africa]
This is a photograph album compiled by Walter William MacGregor, an officer in the 2nd battalion of ...

Traite d'Electricite et de Magnetisme
This is the first French translation of James Clerk Maxwell's Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism,...

Wilhelm Patterson's Reisen in das Land der Hottentotten + William Franklin's Bermerkungen auf einer Reise von Bengalen nach Persien
This volume contains two German editions of important 18th-century British works of travel and explo...

Life and explorations of Dr. Livingstone
John S. Roberts's biography of David Livingstone first appeared in the 1870s and was immediate succe...

Compendio di filosofia morale
This is the first Italian translation of Dugald Stewart's Outlines of Moral Philosophy, a book first...

Notitia codicis Samaritano-Arabici in Bibliotheca Bodleiana
This is a pamphlet on Arabic manuscript versions of the Pentateuch (first five books of the Old Test...

In Memory of Frank Worthing Actor
This is a memorial volume containing glowing tributes to the late actor Frank Worthing (1866-1910), ...

The weaver's pocket companion
This is an unrecorded second printing of a work which was first published in Glasgow in 1779. The fi...

A health, the Duke of Richmond and the Earl of Clare made their hired mobb[sic] drink in the Court of Requests, and places adjacent, on Friday 10th of June, 1715.
This is a curious piece of anti-Jacobite printed ephemera: a small handbill with the text of a toast...

Tlomaczenia Antoniego Edwarda Odynda. Tom Czwarty [-szosty i ostatni]
In this book are bound volumes 4-6 of the Tlumaczenia (translations) of Antoni Edward Odyniec (1804-...

Les jeux, caprices, et bizarreries de la nature. Par l'Auteur de Ma Tante Genevieve.
This is a rare copy of the first edition of Les jeux, caprices et bizzarreries de la nature, a novel...

Dialectica Guillelmi Ma[n]deston. Tripartitum epithoma
This is an extremely rare Lyons printing of the "Tripartitum", a work on logic by the Scottish philo...

The misadventures of John Nicholson
This is the first edition, first issue of a Christmas story written by Stevenson, which he began wri...

Master of Ballantrae
This is an extremely rare 'author's edition' of Stevenson's "Master of Ballantrae"; apparently only ...

[Programme of 1967 European Cup Final (Inter Milan v. Celtic) + 6 continental newspapers relating to the match]
On 25 May 1967, Celtic beat Internazionale (Inter) of Milan 2-1 to become the first British football...

Das Leben Gottes in der Seele des Menchen oder die Natur und Vortreflichkeit der Christlichen Religion [Life of God in the soul of man].
This work by the Church of Scotland minister Henry Scougal (1650-1678) was first published in London...

A pronouncing dictionary of the English language
This is the only known complete copy of the first edition of John Burn's English dictionary. The co...

Views in Scotland photographed by John Peat
This is a very interesting album of Scottish photographs taken by John Peat between the years 1864 a...

Saga: the magazine of Eastbank Hospital. No.1, Summer 1953.
George Mackay Brown was the editor of this short-lived periodical published by and for the patients ...

Catalogue of 1912 model Argyll Cars
From small beginnings in the 1890s, Argyll Motors quickly became Britain's largest car manufacturer....

[Scottish War Emergency Cup Final programme]
The outbreak of the Second World War led to the suspension of normal competitive football in Scotlan...

The Glasgow Advertiser v. XV, no. 1151-1255
"The Glasgow Advertiser" started life as the "Glasgow Advertiser and Evening Intelligencer" in 1783,...

The Aberdeen Journal and General Advertiser for the North of Scotland, no. 3182-3337
"The Aberdeen Journal and General Advertiser for the North of Scotland" began in 1797 as a continuat...

The Glasgow Chronicle, no. 1706-no. 2377
This volume contains c. 175 issues of "The Glasgow Chronicle" covering the years 1822 to 1826. The ...

Untersuchung ueber die Natur und die Ursachen des Nationalreichthums[Wealth of Nations]
This is one of three German-language editions of Smith's "Wealth of Nations" published in the 1790s,...

The will of King Alfred
A remboîtage in a Scottish red morocco herringbone binding. The front and back boards have been elab...

Marino Faliero Doge of Venice
This is an extremely handsome early 1920s German edition of Lord Byron's historical drama about the ...

Every man his own gardener.
This book is a rare copy of the first edition of John Abercrombie's most popular work. ...

Health and Strength
Charles Atlas (originally named Angelo Siciliano) arrived in the USA as an immigrant from Italy in t...

[Collection of poetry relating to the 1st and 2nd World Wars]
Ethel M. Campbell (1886-1954) was born in Glasgow and partly educated in Scotland. Her parents both...

Theatre Royal, Adelphi. Unparalleled attraction!
A mid 19th-century theatre poster (50cm x 25cm) for the Theatre Royal, Adelphi in Glasgow. The poste...

Mair Macjigger
This is a short work of fiction in which the character Sherlock Holmes travels to Edinburgh and Port...

Guide to Edinburgh Air Raid Shelters.
The front wrapper features a photograph of people emerging from a shelter on the edge of Princes Str...

Memoir of Dr. John Rankine.
John Rankine was a Scottish homeopathic doctor and early settler in Australia. Rankine arrived in So...

Beobachtungen ueber die Krankheiten auf langen Reisen nach heissen Gegenden und besonders ueber die Krankheiten, die in Ostindien herrschen.
This is a very rare and indeed almost unknown German translation of John Clark's "Observations on th...

Beer
This is a highly decorative Victorian advertisement for the Edinburgh brewers Campbell and Co. The l...

The book of St Andrews Links
A rare early book on golf, printed in St Andrews, which the author describes as the 'mecca of golf'....

The acts & orders of the meeting of the Estates of the Kingdom of Scotland, holden and begun at Edinburgh, the 14th Day of March 1689.
This copy of the Acts and Orders (ESTC R033742), covering the early years of the rule of William and...

Oeuvres de Lord Byron [10 vols]
This is the first and very rare edition (no copies in the UK) of the first complete translation of B...

Signal [+ misc. other French-language periodicals from World War II from 1940-44]
A collection of periodicals relating to the Second World War in France. Apart from the English-lang...

L.R.B. [Lloyd Royal Belge]
This appears to be a specially prepared album recording a Glasgow shipyard in 1919/1920 at the time ...

A collection of 22 novels by George Woden in original dust jackets.
This set of 22 novels were presented by the author George Woden during the 1940s and 1950s to his da...

De Hollandsche Wysgeer.
This is the complete run of an unusual and rare Dutch periodical. It covers a wide variety of subjec...

[Theatre programme for two plays: 1. My son-in law 2: The frogs]
This is a rare theatre programme specially printed for the performance of two plays at the home of (...

Act of council, regulating the manner of carrying chairs.
In modern times, local government concerns itself with seemingly banal regulations concerning parkin...

La Florinda, Tragedia
Rare first edition of this illustrated tragedy, the first work for the stage and the only tragedy by...

Riflessioni economiche politiche e morali sopra il lusso l'agricoltura la popolazione le manifatture e il commercio dello Stato Pontificio in suo vantaggio e beneficio.
Stefano Laonice, probably a pseudonym for Nicola Corona, uses copious quotations from Adam Smith's '...

Dundee from the tram cars : an illustrated guide to the city and its surroundings.
This well-illustrated guide book to Dundee and the surrounding area was published by the local Tramw...

Traite sur la Cavalerie
First edition of a rare and extemely handsome book which is in exceptionally fine condition. There ...

The history of England
This is a beautiful 16-volume stereotyped edition of Hume's classic "History of England" (vol. 1-10)...

The strangers East Indian guide to the Hindoostanee; or grand popular language of India, (improperly called Moors).
Edinburgh-born John Borthwick Gilchrist (1759-1841) arrived in India as an assistant surgeon in 1782...

[Seaforth Highlanders, a collection of photographs, manuscripts and printed ephemera]
A collection of printed, manuscript and photographic items relating to the history and organisation ...

Les types Russes
An album of 24 carte-de-visite photographs pasted onto folding boards, making up a portfolio. Willi...

My own life and times 1741-1814.
This is an extra-illustrated copy of the memoir of Thomas Somerville, minister of Jedburgh and uncle...

The state of Kelso Dispensary opened for the admission of patients, on the 5th of December, 1777.
This is a very rare and unrecorded work on the Kelso Dispensary, the first hospital in the town and ...

The Seasons
This is a rare illustrated edition of James Thomson's popular poem with an engraved portrait by J. C...

[Album of 94 albumen prints]
An album of 94 albumen prints probably compiled by William Henry Dick-Cunyngham (1851-1900). Dick-C...

A geographical history of Nova Scotia
This is one of the earliest printed accounts of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, which describe...

L'Histoire et vie de Marie Stuart, Royne d'Ecosse, d'Oiriere de France, heritiere d'Angleterre & d'Ibernye ...
Robert Turner, an exiled Scottish Catholic and Professor of Divinity at Ingolstadt, produced the fir...

Dancing taught without a master. The ball-room companion containing all the fashionable dances of the day.
This little pocket manual contains instructions for over 18 of the most commonly performed dances at...

A comical dialogue between Sawney and Bonaparte.
A spoof conversation between a Scotsman and Napoleon Bonaparte in which Bonaparte threatens to invad...

Journal of a second expedition into the interior of Africa
This is the first American edition of the Scottish explorer's posthumously published account of his ...

[Advertisement for John Hogan, Spectacle Maker, Edinburgh] That whereas John Hogan, removed from the Lucken-Booths to the Lower End of the Canongate, at the Sign of the Spectacles...
Previously unrecorded in ESTC, this 18th-century advertisement publicizes the removal of one John Ho...

Notes upon, and illustrations of, the treatise intitled the Life of God in the soul of man. To which is prefixed a preface taking off the material objections lately published against that little Book, to which are subjoined, a poem upon prayer, with a short account of Dr. Scougal's life, &c. By a young gentleman.
This rare book offers an insight into contemporary responses to one of the most popular Scottish dev...

Halidon Hill. En dramatisk Skildring ven Sir Walter Scott, Baronet. Oversat af K. L. Rahbek
This is the first Danish translation of Scott's 'dramatic sketch' Halidon Hill, by the celebrated Da...

The Tam O Shanter
This is a group of 25 issues of a World War II trench newspaper written for Scottish soldiers. It wa...

The new poetical works of John Gerrond, the Galloway poet.
John Gerrond was born near Gateside in Galloway in 1765. In 1776 his family moved to what is now Cas...

Beschreibung der Reisen und entdeckungen im Noerdlichen und Mittlern Africa
First edition in German of a classic travel book "Narrative of the travels and discoveries in Northe...

Complaint of the Black Knight (Celebration edition 2008)
This portfolio commemorates the 500th anniversary of the first dated printed book in Scotland, Chepm...

The chemical experimentalist; or, an attempt to allure by experiment. Third edition.
With the running title of "Stuart's Useful Information for the People", this book is an excellent ex...

Abriss des gegenwartigen naturlichen und politischen Zustandes von Grossbritannien.
This book is a rare first edition of translated extracts from David Hume's 'History of England and E...

[69 execution broadsides]
A collection of 69 broadsides dating from 1754 to around 1850, all but five of which are almost cert...

A catalogue of foreign and native forest-trees; also fruit trees, evergreens, flowering shrubs & sold by Robert Anderson, seedsman and nurseryman ... Edinburgh. AND A catalogue of foreign and native forest-trees, flowering shrubs, evergreens, flowering shrubs and greenhouse plants & sold by Archibald Dickson and Sons, & at Hassendeanburn, near Hawick
These slim volumes from the late 18th century are very rare examples of Scottish nurserymen's catalo...

Catalogue of English books in circulation at Douglas & Foulis Library, 9 Castle Street, Edinburgh, and List of books added during 1913-1917
This catalogue of Douglas & Foulis' circulating library gives a fascinating glimpse of the rules of ...

French grammatology: or a course of French.
Gabriel Surenne was French master at the Scottish Military and Naval Academy, according to the title...

Pferd-Artzney-Kunst, oder, Gruendlicher Unterricht, die aeusserliche und innerliche Gebrechen der Pferde aus dem Grund zu heilen
This is the first edition of an important 18th-century German-language text on horses written by a S...

A treatise of midwifery. 2nd edition.
Alexander Hamilton (1739-1802) from Fordoun, Kincardineshire, spent his working life in Edinburgh, b...

[The Legend of Montrose.] Vysluzhivshiisia ofitser, ili voina Montroza, istoricheskii roman. Soch. Valtera Scotta, avtora Shotlandskikh puritan, Rob Roia, Edimburgskoi temnitsy, i proch. Perevod s Frantsuzskago. [The officer on the up, or the war of Montrose, a historical novel. A work by Walter Scott, author of The Scottish Puritan [ie. Old Mortality], Rob Roy, The Edinburgh Dungeon [ie. The Heart of Midlothian], and others. Translated from French].
This is the rare first edition of the first Russian translation of Sir Walter Scott's The Legend of ...

Sketches of life in the bush
Elizabeth Foott was a Scot who emigrated to Australia and wrote this interesting account of her jour...

The Edinburgh Rose.
This is a remarkable piece of paper engineering from the mid-nineteenth century. At first glance it ...

Aureum Johannis Woltheri Peinensis Saxonis. Das ist Gulden Arch ...
This book is the first and only edition of Johannes Wolther's critique of John Napier's work 'A plai...

Works
This is the first collected edition of the works of John Witherspoon (1723-1794), a Scot who emigrat...

[Street traders' silhouettes]
This is a collection of 25 woodcut engravings of silhouettes of street traders, ten of which are Sco...

Essais sur le commerce, le luxe, l'argent, l'interet de l'argent, les impots, le credit public, etc.
This is a French translation of the essays by David Hume first published in Political Discourses (17...

T'Eyland Ceylon in sijn binnenste, of 't koningrijck Candy
Robert Knox (1641-1720) was an English merchant, who made two journeys with his father, a ship's cap...

Works of fancy and imagination
This is a ten-volume set of the second collected edition of George MacDonald's early prose and verse...

An examination of Dr Burnet's Theory of Earth. 2nd edition.
John Keill (1671-1721), mathematician and natural philosopher, was born in Edinburgh and was educate...

Quatre Nouvelles. Lismore, ou le minstrel ecossais; Theresa, ou la peruvienne; Lycoris, ou les enchantemens de Thessalie; Eudoxie et Stephanos, ou les Grecs modernes.
This rare publication is a set of four short novels by the minor French novelist Rene-Jean Durdent (...

The War in China. 3rd edition.
Duncan McPherson (1812-1867) trained in medicine at Edinburgh University, and was appointed surgeon ...

On the influence attributed to the philosophers, Free-masons, and to the Illuminati, on the Revolution of France.
This is the rare English edition of Mounier's "De l'influence attribuee aux philosophes aux franc-ma...

A new version of the Psalms of David , fitted to the tunes used in churches.
This Edinburgh edition of the Psalms has been acquired because of the rarity of the edition, the su...

The ten little travellers.
This is a colourfully illustrated children's book published by the Glasgow firm John S. Marr & Sons ...

A catalogue of books, lately imported from abroad ... which will be sold by way of auction ...
An extremely rare 1726 sales catalogue printed for David Randie. Randie was postmaster in the Canong...

1951 Exhibition of Industrial Power - Kelvin Hall, Glasgow - Festival of Britain.
This striking catalogue marks one of Scotland's contributions to the celebrations for the Festival o...

Psalterium Sancti Ruperti (Vollstandige Faksimile-Ausgabe im Originalformat des Manuale)
This is a facsimile of the miniature codex 'Psalterium Sancti Ruperti' from the library foundation ...

An humble attempt to promote explicit agreement and visible union of God's people in extraordinary prayer.
This work by Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), the American theologian and philosopher, testifies to the...

Waltz: an apostrophic hymn. By Horace Hornem, Esq. (The author of Don Juan.)
This rare pirate edition contains not only Byron's poem 'Waltz', first printed in 1813, but also fiv...

[An engraved membership certificate on vellum, admitting Andrew Duncan to the Company of Archers on 13 July 1771]
This certificate is printed on vellum. It is completed in manuscript with Andrew Duncan's details an...

Peter Pan.
Twenty large-format cards tell the story of Peter Pan. This rare set of cards may be associated with...

Traite de la theorie et pratique des accouchemens, et observations sur les accouchemens ...
This is a three-volume French translation of William Smellie's classic 'Treatise of the Theory and P...

The works of Adam Smith
This is the third collected edition of Smith's works, following on from editions published in 1811/1...

National system of poltical economy
Friedrich List (1789-1846) is recognized today as one of the most influential trade theorists. He is...

Ruthinglenne; or the critical moment. A novel.
This is the very rare Dublin edition of a gothic novel by the Scottish poet and novelist Isabella Ke...

The Holy Bible.
This Edinburgh Bible, which belonged to the Rev. James Oliphant, (1734-1818) is of interest for a nu...

The Way Home.
This appears to be the first, privately-printed edition of Barbour's account of a family tragedy. I...

Heriot's Hospital Edinburgh.
This is a fine and rare set of 8 lithographic plates drawn by Goldicutt and printed by C. Hullmandel...

Author & Printer
This copy of the guide for authors, editors, printers and compositors was owned by the Scottish prin...

[Printing blocks]
64 blocks from the Edinburgh printing and publishing firm of William Blackwood, with 43 proofs recen...

Caberfeigh
This is an extraordinary example of private printing. Isobel Mackenzie (1852-1880) was given a Berr...

The lady's, housewife's, and cookmaid's assistant: or, the art of cookery, explained and adapted to the meanest capacity
Elizabeth, née Nealson, was a Berwick resident who married the printer and bookbinder Robert Taylor....

Alessandro nell'Indie. Artaserse. Didone abbandonata. Demetrio.
This is a very rare set of four librettos by Pietro Metastasio. The first two are dedicated to the O...

Living wonder! Never seen in this country before.
This is a striking and unusual flyer advertising the exhibition of a 'great serpent or boa constrict...

[Two Scotland vs England international football programmes]
The earlier of the two football programmes featured here is the rare match programme of the England-...

Revolucija Francuska
This is a translation into Serbian of Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution. Carlyle (1795-1881) w...

A history of Arabia Felix or Yemen, from the commencement of the Christian era to the present time including an account of the British settlement of Aden
Sir Robert Lambert Playfair (1828-1899), colonial administrator and author, was born at St Andrews, ...

Above 1200 volumes of books to be sold by auction, in the town-hall, Alnwick, on Tuesday the 2d, March
This is a very rare hand-bill, dated 12 February 1802, advertising the sale of the remainder of the ...

A melancholy account of several barbarous murders & lately committed in the counties of Limerick, Clonmel, Kildare and Carlow
This is a rare Glasgow broadside outlining recent murders committed in Ireland by groups of "armed b...

A particular account of the cruel murder of Mrs. Thompson & in the city of Dublin
Accounts of murders were a stock theme in 19th-century broadsides, the more gruesome and tragic the ...

How true Christiane liberfie [sic] consisteth in the true service of God, and not to doe what each one listeth, as our carnall gospellers wold have it so be. [with:] A treatise shewing how the sarifice [sic] of the Holy Masse the worthie receiving of Christs bodie in the holy Sacrment [sic] the power to remite sinnes giuen to Churchmen, the praying to Saints halpe all good Chrsitians to Saluation aginst the Co[m]mon dotrine of the Proaestants [sic], which affirne that all the faithfull are Saued by only faith in the blood of Christ with a probation of purgatorie and holy images. A Rouen. Prentet in the Prent Hous of Marin Michel. 1614.
These are two extremely rare works bound in one volume which provide evidence about the continuing l...

The Young Ladies [sic] School of Arts. Containing, a great variety of practical receipts. ...
Hannah Robertson's practical handbook of 'the nice arts for young ladies' advocates that instead of ...

Sanitary Appliances
Trade catalogues often contain fascinating insights into aspects of social and industrial history wh...

Zeichnungen aus der schoenen Baukunst
A splendidly illustrated book of engraved architectural plans and elevations of existing and propose...

Izsliedovaniia o bogatstvie narodov.
This is an important addition to the National Library's collection of translations of Adam Smith's l...

Ornithological biography vol. 1
In 1830 John James Audubon began working in Edinburgh with the Scottish ornithologist William Macgil...

Catalogue of Iron & Brass Bedsteads, Child's Cots, Bed Chairs, &c.
This is a sumptuous trade catalogue with 53 lithographed plates, most of them partly printed in colo...

Introduction to the science of astronomy. Second edition, embossed by permission; for the use of the Blind.
This is an apparently unrecorded edition of this work printed with embossed letters for the blind. ...

Piec Poematów Lorda Birona przelozyl Franciszek Dzierzyrkraj Morawski [Five poems of Lord Byron translated by Morawski].
These are translations of Byron's poems by the soldier and poet Franciszek Morawski (1783-1861), wit...

On foot from Edinburgh to Inverness. On foot through the Lake district. On foot from Oxford to Exeter. On foot John o' Groats to Lands End. [4 items]
These four privately printed volumes of topographical verse by Robert W. Wright were issued as Chris...

Catalogue of Scottish rocks, Collected and Sold by John Sommerville, 18 West Register Street, Edinburgh.
A very rare brochure listing 100 specimens of Scottish rocks which were for sale in cabinets. The sa...

Medicinal experiments; or, A collection of choice remedies, for the most part simple, and easily prepared (vols. 1-3)
A collection of posthumous publications of the natural philosopher Robert Boyle (1627-91), who was a...

Of the reconcileableness of specifick medicines to the corpuscular philosophy
Robert Boyle (1627-1691) was one of the leading scientific figures of the 17th-century. He was prol...

The complete cellar-book or butler's assistant in keeping a regular account of his liquors.
One of the many duties of butlers working in large households was to keep an account of the beverage...

Poetical Works.
This edition of the works of the great English poet Spenser was not, for some reason, acquired by th...

A Series of Progressive Lessons Intended to Elucidate the Art of Painting in Water Colours: with Introductory Illustrations on Perspective and Drawing with Pencil.
The 1841 edition is the only one listed in R.V. Tooley's English books with Coloured Plates 1790 to ...

A history of the earth and animated nature.
'A history of the earth' by the poet Oliver Goldsmith was first published in 1774, and was republish...

Staffa, Iona, Inverness, Cromarty, Invergordon, Burghead & Oban, Tobermory, Strontian, &c. Regular and more speedy conveyance to the above ports & .
This is a very rare and relatively undamaged broadside from the early years of steamships plying the...

The Holy Bible translated from the Latin Vulgat [sic]. [Douai version]
This edition of the Old Testament text of the Douai Bible, the English translation used by Catholics...

Histoire d'Angleterre... par David Hume et ses continuateurs Goldsmith et W. Jones; traduction nouvelle ou revue par M. Langlois
This rare French edition of David Hume's History of England, edited by Alexandre Langlois, brings to...

Oeuvres Completes
This first French translation of the complete works of Henry Mackenzie is extremely rare, with no ot...

Journal of researches into the natural history and geologyof the countries visited during the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle.
This is a reissue of the second edition (1845) of Darwin's account of the voyage of the Beagle. It w...

Syllabus of a course of lectures on experimental philosophy
Hitherto unrecorded edition of Dinwiddie's syllabus for lectures on experimental philosophy (there a...

Plates for the deaf and dumb
The Institution for the Education of Deaf and Dumb Children in Edinburgh was established in June 181...

Repository of Arts.
This large engraving (25 x 16 cm) of Daniel Macintosh's Repository of the Arts in Princes Street was...

Don Ricardo Honeywater vindicated.
In 1748 the eminent English physician Richard Mead was viciously attacked in print by the London-bas...

The cornutor of seventy-five. Being the genuine narrative of the lives, adventures and amours of Don Ricardo Honeywater. The second edition.
A very rare satirical pamphlet by William Douglas (b. 1710/11?), a Scottish doctor who had a promine...

The spiritual warfare
A lost Scottish book has turned up and can now be added to the national collections. Andrew Gray (1...

The complete pocket book or, gentleman and trademan's daily journal, for the year of our Lord 1764.
This work, of which only one copy is recorded in the UK, contains a fascinating record of accounts a...

In four days to London. The Edinburgh and London fly coaches, by way of Newcastle and York.
This is a ticket for a 'fly coach' between Edinburgh and Newcastle. It was issued to a Mrs. Inchbald...

The rudiments of architecture; or the young workman's instructor. In two parts ... with twenty-three elegant designs of building, the most of which have been actually executed in North Britain. To which is added. The Builder's Dictionary. Intended for those whose time will not allow them to attend teachers.
This is one of the first books of architectural designs produced in Scotland. The first such publica...

Le Bon Anglais.
This is one of three works for children with text by Roger Boutet de Monvel and 'pochoir' (stencille...

Treasure Island.
This is an attractive copy of the first American edition of Stevenson's classic adventure story. Sig...

Edinburgh and Port-Patrick time-bill.
This is a timetable for the Edinburgh to Portpatrick mail-coach, printed during the 1790s. It sets o...

Fragment sur les colonies en general. Et sur celles des anglois en particulier. Traduit de l'anglois.
[SMITH, Adam. REVERDIL, Élie Salomon François, translator]. Fragment sur les colonies en general. ...

Holy Bible
This Bible was owned by Jane Baillie Welsh, who was to marry Thomas Carlyle and launch one of the gr...

The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments.
The publisher David Bryce of Glasgow first published a complete miniature Bible in 1896. This editio...

Stevensoniana: being a reprint of various literary and pictorial miscellany associated with Robert Louis Stevenson the man and his work
This rare item is, indeed, a collection of miscellaneous items by and about Robert Louis Stevenson: ...

The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments. With arguments to the different books; and moral and theological observations, illustrating each chapter, and shewing the use and improvement to be made of it: composed by the Reverend Mr. Ostervald, Professor of Divinity, and one of the ministers of the Church at Neufchatel in Swisserland: translated at the desire of, and recommended by, the Honble. Society for Propagating Christian Knowledge.
This is a unique and unrecorded Old Testament and Apocrypha printed by John Murray. No bibliographic...

Descriptive sketch of the print of the death of Gen. Sir Ralph Abercrombie.
This broadside is a guide to a print depicting the death of General Sir Ralph Abercromby in Egypt in...

The Holy Bible containing the Old Testament and the new &
This two volume set of the Holy Bible, printed in Cambridge in 1769, has been bound in red morocco, ...

The whole works of ... in five volumes ... A new edition.
A copy of the very rare second collected edition of Smith's works, which includes a new, anonymous b...

Sailm Dhaibhidh a meadar dhana Gaoidheilg
This is a fine copy of the very rare fifth edition of the Psalms in Gaelic. Only one other copy in r...

The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments: newly translated out of the original tongues; and with the former translations diligently compared and revised.
This is a two-volume contemporary Scottish binding in green morocco. Both volumes feature a centre f...

[Manuscripts and printed works on the Suez Canal project collected by the Scottish Suez canal pioneer, James Vetch]
James Vetch (1789-1869), was born at Haddington, East Lothian. He had a notable career, serving in ...

Etchings in North Italy
The National Library of Scotland has acquired a complete set of David Young Cameron's 'Etchings in N...

Not I, and Other Poems
The tiny pamphlet 'Not I, and Other Poems', is among the rarest of all Stevensoniana. On medical adv...

The Visitor : comprising a detail of cholera lists, accidents, occurrences &c. &c.
This is a very rare periodical published in Glasgow in 1832 to document the cholera epidemic sweepin...

Observations on the culture of the tobacco-plant... adapted to the climate of the west of Scotland.
During the 18th century, Glasgow was a centre for trade between Scotland and North America. This pa...

RECHERCHES SUR LA NATURE ET LES CAUSES DE LA RICHESSE DES NATIONS
This French edition of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations was printed in Avignon in southern France. Th...

Treubhantas na'n Gaidheal Albanach. The valour of the Scottish Gael
This seems to be the only known copy of this book of Gaelic poems. Macpherson, a former soldier hims...

Paradise Regain'd. A poem, in four books. To which is added Samson Agonistes; and poems on several occasions, with a tractate of eduction
This two-volume work from the Foulis press clears up a small mystery in Philip Gaskell's Bibliograph...

Istoria della Sanita o sia dell' arte di ben conservarla giusta gl'insegnanti li piu interessanti additati da medici e filosofi si antichi, che moderni.
This is the first known Italian translation of The History of Health by the Scottish physician James...

Sailm Dhaibhidh
This book of psalms in Gaelic has been bound in the style of William Scott, probably not long after ...

Collection of offprints presented to or collected by James Veitch.
This is a remarkable collection of nine papers written by six scientists (five of whom were Scots) d...

Flora Sta. Helenica
This adds to the Library's collection of material by the Dundonian Alexander Beatson (1759-1830) rel...

A letter to Adam Smith
The library tries to collect works on Adam Smith comprehensively. This is an early reply to Smith's...

[211 nineteenth century pamphlets on education]
This is a collection of 12 bound volumes containing 211 nineteenth century pamphlets on topics relat...

Life of Arthur Lord Balmerino & to which are added, some memoirs of the lives of the two other lords, the Earls of Kilmarnock and Cromertie [sic].
After the failure of the rebellion of 1745/46, the leading Jacobites, who had been captured or had t...

Holy Bible
This is an outstanding example of Victorian Scottish craftsmanship. The binding was specially commi...

Instructions given by the commissioners and trustees for improving the fisheries and manufactures of Scotland to [blank] wreck and cure-masters of herrings at [blank]
The Board of Trustees for Fisheries and Manufactures was established in 1727 by an Act of Parliament...

A review and consideration of two late pamphlets. The first entitled, Queries to the Presbyterians of Scotland, by a gentleman of that country. Bound with Causa episcopatus hierarchici Lucifuga.
These two books by the Church of Scotland minister Thomas Forrester (c.1635-1706) were bound for Kat...

Kabul. Schilderung einer Reise nach dieser Stadt und des Aufenthalts daselbst.
This is a German translation of Alexander Burnes's 'Cabool: being a personal narrative of a journey ...

Foirceadul aith-ghearr cheasnuighe [The shorter catechism]
Books in Scottish Gaelic are a key part of the National Library's collections, and we acquire such i...

A narrative of an unfortunate voyage to the coast of Africa.
This remarkable book was written by Thomas Smith, a sailor from Arbroath. It tells of his adventures...

Anleitung auf die nützlichste und genussvollste Art in der Schweitz zu reisen.
This guide by Johann Ebel (1764-1830) is a rare first edition of one of the earliest and most famous...

The last speech, confession and dying declaration of Robert Watt, wine merchant in Edinburgh ...; A full true and particular account of the most dreadful apparition. Of Robert Watt wine-merchant in Edinr, who appeared to James Macdonald plaisterer in Lieth-walk [sic] ...
These broadsides relate to Robert Watt who was executed in Edinburgh in October 1794 for high treaso...

Voyage en Sibérie, contenant la description des moeurs & usages des peuples de ce pays, le cours des rivieres considérables, la situation des chaînes de montagnes, des grandes forêts, des mines, avec tous les faits d'histoire naturelle qui sont particuliers à cette contrée.
This is a French translation of a German edition of one of the earliest accounts of Bering's second ...

Des Ritters Ramsay reisender Cyrus
This is the first German edition of this important novel by a Scottish-born writer. Andrew Michael ...

Poetical works
This is a fine Scottish publisher's binding in red cloth, with the arms of Sir Walter Scott stamped ...

The distribution of hepaticae in Scotland
This is an annotated proof copy of Macvicar's (1857-1932) work on Scottish non-vascular plants known...

Impromptu Chanson
The Chanson was originally written by Lord Byron (1788-1824) in Venice and sent to Thomas Moore in a...

The essential principles of the wealth of nations.
This is one of the earliest critiques of Adam Smith's seminal economic text 'An inquiry into the nat...

Aesop's fables
This edition of Aesop's fables appears to be completely unrecorded. This is surprising as it is a ra...

The Kings Maiesties speech
This is the speech which James I delivered to the House of Lords on 19 March 1604, the first day of ...

Correspondance de Lord Byron avec un ami.
As the publishers of this work say, 'Everything concerning this great poet & cannot fail to excite t...

Bruden Fran Abdyos. En Osterlandsk Berattelse i Tvanne Sanger, af Lord Byron
This is the first Swedish edition of Byron's dramatic poem The Bride of Abydos, one of his Turkish T...

Lord Byron's saemmtliche lyrische Gedichte. Uebersetzt von Ernst Ortlepp.
This edition of the German poet Ernst Ortlepp's translations of Byron's lyric poems seems to be unre...

Francis Garden Lord Gardenstone
This broadside commemorates the eccentricities of Francis Garden, Lord Gardenstone (1721-1793). It i...

A most delectable and true discourse of an admired and painefnll [sic] peregrination from Scotland, to the most famous kingdomes in Europe, Asia and Affrica.
This is the second edition of William Lithgow's account of his travels, covering much of the known w...

Memorial anent the moss culture
Hugh Graeme's programme for the improvement of Scottish agriculture was based on methods to make mos...

Directions for raising flax
This rare pamphlet provides practical instructions for farmers who wished to grow flax. This crop ha...

If Tam o'Shanter'd had a wheel
Boylan (1862-1935) was a writer for the Chicago Journal, as well as a poet and novelist. This colle...

El Grafico, 16 Junio 1923
This Argentinian weekly sporting magazine contains a double page spread on Third Lanark's first game...

[40 photographs of the Forth Rail Bridge ]
The Forth Railway Bridge, begun in 1883 and completed in 1890, was the world's first major steel bri...

Maximo potentissimo que monarchae, Iacobo primo ... carmen gratulatorium
A very rare copy (there have hitherto been only two recorded copies of this work, neither of them in...

Serenissimi ac nobilissimi Scotiae, Angliae, Hyberniae principis
In 1566 Patrick Adamson (1537-1592), a Scottish minister who was later to become Bishop of St. Andre...

Catalogue of the Gray Library at Kinfauns Castle
An unrecorded copy of the catalogue of the library of Baron Gray in Kinfauns Castle, Perthshire. ...

An Account of the Rise, Progress and Present State of The Society for the Discharge and Relief of Persons Imprisoned for Small Debts Throughout England and Wales.
This is a signed presentation copy of the third edition of James Neild's account of the state of deb...

The case of the Bishop of Ross, resident of the Queen of Scots, who was seized and committed to the Tower by Queen Elizabeth, for traiterous practices, and endevouring to raise a rebellion against her.
A rare work attempting to construct a case against Count Karl Gyllenborg’s treasonable communication...

Perth: the Fair City
This vivid lithographed poster dates from what is regarded as the golden age of the railway poster i...

Hugo Blair's Vorlesungen uber Rhetorik und Shone Wissenshaften.
This is a handsome four-volume copy of the scarce first German translation, by K. G. Schreiter, of H...

Investigacion de la Naturaleza y Causas de la Riqueza de las Naciones
Adam Smith is one of those Scottish authors who we aim to collect comprehensively, and we acquire wo...

The book of Scotch-made underwear
This trade catalogue provides us with a lot of very useful information about fashion in the early 20...

The wanderer or surprizing escape
This is an unrecorded edition of this work on the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. Another Dublin edition...

The life and acts of the most victorious conquerour Robert Bruce King of Scotland.
John Barbour, the fourteenth century poet, churchman and scholar wrote this famous poem probably dur...

[3 early nineteenth century Edinburgh trade cards]
These three trade cards provide us with a fascinating snapshot of the commercial life of the growing...

A treatise on ploughs and wheel-carriages.
This book, according to the inscription on the front pastedown, was presented by the Duke of Buccleu...

Poems
This is a rare copy of one of the two editions of Drummond’s works published in London in 1656, seve...

La Defense De La Reformation Contre Le Live Intitulé Prejugez Legitimes Contre Les Calvinistes
The author, Jean Claude, was a French Protestant Minister who wrote fiercely against the persecution...

The Poster: an illustrated monthly chronicle
The five volumes of this rare periodical contain numerous attractive plates of contemporary posters,...

The gardeners dictionary: containing the methods of cultivating and improving the kitchen, fruit and flower garden, as also, the physick garden, wilderness, conservatory, and vineyard; according to the practice of the most experienced gardeners of the present age. The third edition, corrected.
Miller, Philip (1691-1771), horticulturist and writer, was the most distinguished and influential Br...

Blue remembered hills
The Tragara Press was founded by Alan Anderson in Edinburgh in 1954 who has, remarkably, continued t...

Six Glasgow Poems
This is the rare first edition of Tom Leonard's best known work. Written in Scots, these abrasively...

Politisk undersokning om lagar, som hindra och tvinga inforseln af sadana utlandska varor
This is a rare copy of the first appearance in Swedish of book IV, chapter 2, of 'An inquiry into th...

Bibliography of Robert Burns in Japan
The donor's father, Mr. Robert McLaren, was a president of the Robert Burns Federation, and his work...

Letter from Col. Alexander Beatson - containing remarks upon a paper lately printed; entitled "Observations relative to the island of St. Helena".
A very rare imprint from the first commercial press to be established on the island of St. Helena, w...

Execution de Marie Stuart, reine d' Ecosse, en sept estampes
A set of 7 engraved plates, printed in brown, depicting in highly melodramatic fashion episodes in t...

On the importance of introducing agriculture in the island of St. Helena
A very rare imprint from the first commercial press to be established on the island of St. Helena, w...

Nieuwe Beschryving der Walvischvanst en haringvisschery.
This is the second edition (first published 1784-86) of a classic work on Dutch whaling together wit...

Memento mori
This is an interesting piece of printed ephemera from mid-18th century Edinburgh. In Britain printed...

Oeuvres de Platon
This mixed edition of the standard French translation of Plato by Victor Cousin (1792-1867) belonged...

The palis of honour
This is a rare copy of the earliest known edition of one of Gavin Douglas's (1474-1522) best known w...

Gray's annual directory and Edinburgh almanac
Directories are a very important resource for anyone wanting to track down a particular person known...

Tale of Beowulf sometime king of the folk of the Weder Geats
With the purchase of this item along with "Atalanta in Calydon" the NLS has completed its collection...

The county geognosy and mineralogy of Scotland.
MF Heddle was born in Orkney in 1828 and educated at Edinburgh, becoming a student of the University...

Atalanta in Calydon
The Library has an almost complete set of publications of the Kelmscott Press, the acquisition of th...

Greenock news-clout, no.31
This is the only known copy of this issue of a short-lived but remarkable Greenock newspaper, which ...

[Works]
The exploits of the Foulis Press are always intriguing, and this latest discovery is no exception. ...

The Watch Tower; or, sons of Ulthona
An extremely rare historical Gothic novel set in 14th-century Scotland during the wars of Robert the...

[4 anti-Jacobite pamphlets]
A collection of 4 rare anti-Jacobite pamphlets, printed for John Hildyard in York. Jacobitism had a...

Histoire de la maison de Stuart [de Tudor]
This is the first duodecimo edition in French of this part of David Hume's History of Great Britain....

Mackenzie's own narrative of the late rebellion, with illustrations and notes, critical and explanatory: exhibiting the only true account of what took place at the memorable seige of Toronto, in the month of December, 1837.
William Lyon Mackenzie (1795-1861) was born near Dundee. When he was less than a month old, his fath...

Baptistes, sive calumnia tragoedia
One of four items acquired from the sale of the library of the eminent historian Hugh Trevor-Roper, ...

De duplici statu religionis apud Scotos libri duo
One of four items acquired from the sale of the library of the eminent historian Hugh Trevor-Roper, ...

Views in Scotland drawn from nature
This is a very rare copy of Francis Nicholson's lithographed views of Scotland. Only one other copy ...

Flosculum Poeticum. Poems divine and humane. Panegyrical, satyrical, ironical.
Ker, Patrick was a Scottish Episcopalian poet who migrated to London during the reign of Charles II....

Poetical Works
This is an attractive set of the works of Burns, published with engravings by Thomas Bewick, and bou...

Gentle Shepherd
This is a most unusual binding, with elements that suggest the influence of the style of James Scott...

Holy Bible
This is a handsome copy of an Edinburgh bible in a contemporary binding of straight-grained red leat...

Illustrations to the Epitome of the ancient history of Japan, including illustrations to the guide book.
This is, by any standards, a strange book. It was published in 1878 to accompany the author's 'Epito...

[Christmas cards]
This is a rather remarkable donation which brings back to Scotland some printed items with close per...

Voyages de l' embouchure de l' Indus [etc]
French translation of Alexander 'Bokhara' Burnes's "Travels into Bokhara ..." first published in 183...

Members of the Peace Society: City of Edinburgh Branch
Print lithographed in sanguine, depicting a group of the 1st City of Edinburgh Artillery Volunteers ...

Mr. Hugo Binnnings Predikatien, over dese texten; I Johannis 1 en I Johannis 2
Rare first (?) Dutch edition of Scottish Presbyterian author Binning's "Fellowship with God, or 28 S...

Wee scrap o' paper is Britain's bond
This striking print by the illustator Lawson Wood portrays a Gordon Highlander standing with a rifle...

Essais sur la Litterature Francaise, ecrits pour l'usage d'une Dame etrangere compatriote de l'auteur
This is an extremely rare edition of only 100 copies to have been distributed among the friends of t...

Medicine d'armee
Donald Monro (1727-1802) was the second son of Alexander Monro, the first professor of anatomy and s...

Reise in das Innere von Afrika in den Jahren 1795, 1796 und 1797 auf Veranstaltung der Afrikanischen Gesellschaft unternommen. Nebst einem Woerterbuche
This German translation of Mungo Park's "Travels in the interior districts of Africa" was published ...

Des Herrn Fordyce, beruehmten Professors zu Aberdeen in Engelland, Anfangsgruende der moralischen Weltweisheit; mit Herrn de Joncourt Abhandlung von der Oberherrschaft Gottes, und der sittlichen Verbindlichkeit, vermehrt.
David Fordyce (1711-1751) studied philosophy and mathematics at Marischal College ion Aberdeen, grad...

Quaestiones in Aristotelis Analytica posteria
Sources variously state that Duns Scotus (ca. 1266-1308) was born in either Duns, Berwickshire, Fri...

Physionomia. Laqual comilo e magistro Michiel Scotto
The birthplace of Michael Scot (1175?-1234?) is not certain. There are some suggestions that he was ...

Hai tou Aischulou Choephoroi. Aeschyli Choephoroe. [Aeschylus: Choephori]
One of three additions to the Library's Foulis Press holdings. Andrew Foulis published two editio...

D. Thomae Cragii de Riccarton, equitis, ... jus feudale, tribus libris comprehensum: ... Editio tertia, prioribus multáo emendatior. ... Accessit rerum & verborum index locupletissimus, ... Opera & studio Jacobi Baillie
Contemporary Scottish binding of red goatskin, the covers tooled in gilt with a border composed of d...

Eleanora, or a Tragical but true case of incest in Great Britain.
A very rare (only 4 known copies of this edition, another being printed in Dublin in the same year) ...

Representation of the high-landers, who arrived at the camp of the confederated army, not far off the city of Mayence the 13th of August 1743.
This is an important acquisition for several reasons. It consists of an engraved title-page and fiv...

Idea di una perfetta repubblica
This is the first translation into Italian of David Hume's 'Idea of a perfect commonwealth', first p...

New spelling, pronouncing, and explanatory dictionary of the English language
This is a pocket dictionary in oblong format published during the heyday of the Age of Augustanism i...

[3 Dutch translations: De kabinetten der Evangelische beloften; De zwangere belofte in hare vrucht; Blidje boodschap in zware tijden
These three translations into Dutch of the writings of Ralph Erskine (sermons and expositions of pie...

Andrew Lammie, or, Mill of Tiftie's Annie
This ballad, like many others, was reprinted around Scotland to be sold locally. However, this rare ...

Dirge or a voice in the night, originally addressed to a clergyman at Edinburgh 1845.
This work is attributed to one Susan Williamson on the strength of a telling inscription on the vers...

Untersuchung der Grund-Satze von der Staats-Wirtschaft als ein Versuch uber die Wissenschaft von der innerlichen Politik bey freyen Nationen
This is the very rare first German edition of Steuart's 'An inquiry into the principles of political...

Essay on the origin, history and principles of Gothic architecture
This is an unrecorded copy of Hall's privately published influential work on Gothic architecture. An...

Les fastes de Grande Bretagne, contentant tout ce qui s'est passe d'interessant dans les trois royaumes d'Angleterre, d'Ecosse, & d'Irelande…
These two volumes claim to describe 'everything interesting that happened in the three realms of Eng...

Neue philosophische Versuche. Aus dem Englischen uebersezt. Mit einer Vorrede vonm Herrn Professor Meiners.
This is the first edition of the German translation of Beattie's "Essay on the nature and immutabili...

Come and play with me
This children's annual contains an unacknowledged abridged and simplified version of George Macdonal...

100 years of guttapercha
This book was published by the firm of R.&J. Dick of Glasgow to celebrate the centenary of the compa...

Landscape Lyrics
William Anderson (1805-1866) was born at Edinburgh. His maternal grandfather was the author of the '...

Report by the Committee of Management of St. Peter's Episcopal Church new building: with first list of subscribers.
This is a report on the building of and fund-raising for a new Church in the southside of Edinburgh,...

Illustrated price list of bowling green bowls and bowling requisites
This is an attractive trade catalogue from a Glasgow manufacturer of lawn bowling equipment. Th...

Spiritual warfare; or some sermons concerning the nature of mortification, together with the right spiritual exercise and spiritual advantages thereof
This is the first and only American edition of Gray's work, which was first published in Edinburgh i...

De' costumi e della morte di Maria Clementina Regina d'Inghilterra, di Francia, e d'Irlanda
This is a biography of Princess Clementina, the wife of the Old Pretender. She was the granddaughter...

Brief treatyse settynge forth divers truethes necessary both to be beleved of chrysten people, & kepte also
ESTC S1134 The acquisition of this item demonstrates how the different aspects of our work can jo...

Abridgement or summarie of the Scots chronicles
Monipennie: Abridgement or Summarie of the Scots Chronicles ESTC R223767; Aldis 1394 The only ...

Confirming worke of religion, in its necessity and use briefly held forth; that each Christian may have a proper ballast of his own, of the grounds and reasons of his faith, and thus see the greatness of that security; on which he adventures his eternal fate. …
ESTC R40606 A rare work by a popular ejected Scottish minister published in the place of his exil...

Poems on various subjects
The Library bid successfully for this lot at the auction of part of the library of the late Lord Per...

[Collection of Scottish tracts]
These five volumes, bought at auction as one lot, contain 24 items. The National Library of Scotl...

[Collection of 42 pamphlets etc]
John Beddoe (1826-1911) was born in Worcestershire but studied medicine at Edinburgh University, bec...

Dance of the Sevin Deidly Synnis
This is no. 3 of a limited edition of 25 copies of William Dunbar's "Dance of the Sevin Deidly Synni...

Südafrikanische Skizzen. Aus dem Englischen übersetzt
Pringle was a farmer's son, born in Teviotdale, Roxburghshire on 5 January 1789. He was educated at...

Ubaldi Cassina in Parmensi Lyceo Moralis Philosophiae Regii Profressoris De Morali Disciplina Humanae Societatis.
This is a rare first edition of Ubaldo Cassina's comprehensive survey of ethics. Cassina (1736-1824)...

Gedancken vom Waaren und Geld-Handel [translation of Money and Trade]
The Library has a strong collection relating to John Law (1671-1729), particularly in the Lauriston ...

Neues Constitutionenbuch der alten ehrwuerdigen Bruederschaft der Freimaurer
This is the second, enlarged edition of the German translation of James Anderson's "The Constitution...

Book of ceilings
The copy on offer seems to differ from the copy purchased by the Library in 1980 (Sotheby's auction ...

Epitome colloquiorum Erasmii Roterodami
This is an extremely rare and hitherto unrecorded printing of Erasmus's Colloquia by the Edinburgh p...

Orszaggyulesi karcolatai
This is an excellent example of how donations can enrich the Library's collection in surprising ways...

Objects, Benefits and History of Normal Schools, with Acts of the Legislature of Nova Scotia Anent Normal School, &c.; Observations on Canadian Geology; Technical Education Abroad and at Home.
Three items highlighting the activity and influence of Scots in 19th century Canada. Canada has alw...

Aristotle's Master-Piece
The 'Joy of Sex' of its day, this is a revised version of the work that first appeared with this tit...

Newcastle Courant, giving an account of the most material occurrences, both foreign and domestick.
This bound volume contains of 20 of the tri-weekly issues of the Newcastle Courant for 1716. It brin...

Cas etrange du Docteur Jekyll
The first French edition of Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of those book...

[Odes]
This is a beautiful Scottish edition of a classic, and a fine example of the aesthetically innovativ...

Information for Ross of Auchlossin, against the possessors of the Temple-lands.
This is a most curious document discussing the order of the Knights Templar in Scottish history, of ...

Relatio incarcerationis & martyrij P. Ioannis Ogilbei natione Scoti
This appears to be the second edition of the primary account of the sufferings of John Ogilvie (1580...

Cynthio to Leonora: the last poem of William Falconer
William Falconer, born in Edinburgh in 1732, was both a sailor and poet. As a young man he joined a ...

Petri Bembi Cardinalis viri clariss. Rerum Venetarum historiae libri XII.
This is a fine addition to the National Library's holdings of books with important early Scottish pr...

Johann Barclayens Argenis Deutsch gemacht durch Martin Opitzen.
The Scotsman John Barclay published his political novel "Argenis" in Latin in 1621, one month prior ...

Seelen Artzney. Das ist: Ein schoener und nuetzlicher Tractat, in welchem die Kranckheiten der Seele, ihre Ursachen, Zeichen, Zufaelle und Prognostica ordentlich beschrieben und zugleich angezeigt wird …
This is the second German edition of Abernethy's seminal "Christian and heavenly treatise containing...

Essay on the origin and principles of Gothic architecture
Sir James Hall (1761-1832) gave this paper to the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 6 April 1797. A geo...

Saturday Feb. 18th. For the St. James's Chronicle. Sketch of a comparison between the two late writers of travels in Scotland.
Bound at the end of a copy of the first edition of Samuel Johnson's 'Journey to the Western Islands'...

Battle of Culloden
This original image for this was drawn by 'A. Heckel', probably the German artist Augustin Heckel, ...

His Royal Highness, William Duke of Cumberland
This engraving was executed by B. Baron after a painting by John Wootton (ca. 1686-1765). This pose ...

Scenery of the Highlands and islands of Scotland, lithographed by S. Leith, Banff, from drawings in outline, by Lieut. Colonel W. Murray, Younger of Ochtertyre
This is a rare book of letterpress and lithographs by S. Leith from drawings by Lieut.-Colonel W. M...

Portraits of Highland Society prize cattle and others of distinguished merit. Part II
James Howe, James was born 30 Aug. 1780 at Skirling in Peeblesshire, where his father, William Howe...

Elements of Rhetoric
Robert Eden Scott was an important figure in the Aberdeen Enlightenment. Born in 1769 or 1770, he s...

History of King Pippin
This is a delightful chapbook in very good condition. It was published by Archibald Paterson, an eng...

History of Master Jackey and Miss Harriot
This is a lovely chapbook in very good condition. It was published by Archibald Paterson, an engrave...

My Bible. Embellished with engravings
This is a rare edition of a chapbook where the leaves are printed on one side only, although the pa...

Works of the Reverend and pious Mr. Thomas Gouge, late Minister of the Gospel.
This is one of only three known Whitburn (West Lothian) imprints extant and is not recorded in ESTC....

Histoire de l'amerique
The historian William Robertson was one of the many writers of the Scottish Enlightenment whose work...

Bunch o' gatherings glean'd from the two past generations consisting of eight-page ballads, songs, tales, elegies, executions, &c., mostly poetical …
These two volumes of chapbooks were compiled by the Paisley 'broker and bookseller' William Anderson...

Edinburgh the twenty day of May
This broadside announces the annual Edinburgh archery competition, founded in 1709, for which the pr...

[The last words of James, El. Of Derwentwater]
This is a remarkable broadside (68 x 50 cm) probably produced shortly after the execution in 1716 of...

The angler's desideratum, containing the best and fullest directions for dressing the artificial fly; with some new and valuable inventions
The author, Captain R.M. Clarke, wrote this work from his own personal experience of over fifty year...

[Greenock Library catalogues].
This bound volume containing 8 catalogues and supplements to the catalogues of the subscription lib...

Weekly miscellany [of instruction and entertainment]
The Weekly Miscellany was published from 1789-1792, but few copies of its later years seem to surviv...

Complete Glossary for Sir W. Scott's Novels and Romances.
This volume contains three works which were published in Paris, in English, in the nineteenth centur...

Psalmorum Davidis aliquot metaphrasis Graeca Ioannis Serrani. Adiuncta eregione paraphrasi Latinia G. Buchanani.
This copy of Jean de Serres' translation of the Psalms into Greek verse, with George Buchanan's Lati...

Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches (2 vols. and Supplement)
The NLS already has later editions of this work, but this was an opportunity to acquire a first edit...

Goslington Shadow
This is an extraordinary acquisition, a two-volume novel published in America which has most of the ...

Adam Smith auteur des recherches sur la richesse des nations & Thomas Payne
This book sets Smith against Paine, arguing that Paine's teaching in 'The decline and fall of the En...

Essay on Military Law
This copy of the first edition of Tytler's work on military law is particularly important as it was ...

Novus cursus philosophicus Scotistarum complectens universam philosophiam, rationalem, naturalem, moralem & transnaturalem…
This is a one volume compendium of the works of John Duns Scotus (1265/66-1308). Sources variously ...

Abyssinian traveller
This is a rare print of an engraving of the explorer James Bruce, 1730-1794. It was drawn by the car...

Wild Roses
Here are two finely-bound volumes of novellas and poems, most with a strong Gothic flavour. The tit...

Queensland Scottish Advocate
'The official organ of the Queensland Scottish Union', this journal does not appear in COPAC, OCLC, ...

Holy Bible.
This is a beautifully bound Bible in two volumes with the second volume also containing The Psalms o...

Euripidis poetae tragici Alcestis ... Tum ... Jepthes, Tragoedia
This item is a significant addition to the Library's holdings of Buchanan's writings. It seems to be...

Articles Steam and Steam-Engines
This is one of the most important books dealing with the ground-breaking inventions of the Scottish ...

Queen's Arctic Theatre. H.M.S. Assistance ... Commander. G.H. Richards, of the Royal Arctic Navy ... has the honour to acquaint, the nobility, and gentry, of North Cornwall that he has ... engaged a highly select, and talented, corps dramatique, and has entirely rebuilt, and re-embellished, the Queens, Arctic Theatre, and that ... will be performed ... the inimitable comedy, of The Irish tutor …
A rare and very attractive example of on-board silk printing from the Arctic. In an attempt to maint...

Catalogue of books in quires, which will be offered to a select company of booksellers, at Hunter's Tavern, Edinburgh on Tuesday, October 21. 1794.
An unrecorded catalogue of a book sale conducted by William Creech (1745-1815). The sale consisted o...

Catalogue of books belonging to the library of St. Andrew's Chapel, Aberdeen.
This pamphlet adds significantly to the Library's holdings of works providing information about the ...

New Arabian nights
Purchased with a selection of other yellowbacks by two popular Scottish authors. Yellowbacks (less c...

Bothwell or the days of Mary Queen of Scots
Purchased with a selection of other yellowbacks by two popular Scottish authors. Yellowbacks (less c...

Prince Otto
Purchased with a selection of other yellowbacks by two popular Scottish authors. Yellowbacks (less c...

Duke of Albany's Own Highlanders
Purchased with a selection of other yellowbacks by two popular Scottish authors. Yellowbacks (less c...

Ode to hope
This is an anonymous and unrecorded poem printed in Edinburgh the early days of 1789. No copies have...

Royal Diorama of Scotland
This publication seems to be a tourist guide for late nineteenth-century visitors to Scotland. It c...

CL. Psalmes of David in Meeter. With an exact Kalendar, also morning & evening prayers.
This is a beautiful and important book: both the text and the binding are new to our collections. I...

Selim and Zaida. With other poems.
This is the very rare first edition of poems by John Boyd Greenshields (or Greenshiells) published i...

Memoirs of Majr. Alexander Ramkins, a Highland officer
This is a copy of the rare Dublin edition of the narrative purportedly written by a Scottish Jacobit...

Lexicon Graeco Latinum Novum
This is a copy of a standard classical reference work with a rich Scottish literary provenance. The ...

Holy Bible [with Holy Bible. London, 1772 and Psalms. Edinburgh: b. Colin Macfarquhar, 1771]
These nice examples of mid-eighteenth century Scottish binding come with significant Scottish proven...

Physiologia Guillelmi Duncani philosophiae professoris veterani
This is a rare copy of this work on physiology by the Scot William Duncan and an important addition ...

Capucin Escossois.
An extremely rare copy of what may be the first French edition of Rinuccini's work on George Leslie,...

1759 : Burns' Centenary : 1859
A most unusual Robert Burns item, which seems to have belonged to Burns' descendants. This volume c...

Chemists & Druggists' Directory and Year Book for Scotland.
There is an enormous quantity of information about medicine and business practice in Scotland on the...

Life and character of Robert Watt, who was executed for high treason at Edinburgh, the 15th October, 1794
A rare edition (only 3 copies on ESTC, all in U.S.) of this unsympathetic life of Robert Watt, a gov...

History and Travels
This is one of the most significant and interesting (not to mention expensive) chapbooks that the Na...

Sketch of the geography and geology of the Himalaya Mountains and Tibet.
Revised and updated edition of the 1907 work by Burrard and Hayden which had been produced to mark t...

Marie der Koenigin auss Schotlandt eigentliche Bildtnuss.
This is a fascinating broadside commemorating the execution of Mary Queen of Scots from a German Cat...

Essay on the various modes of bringing waste lands into a state fit for cultivation and improving their natural productions.
This is a survey of various techniques of land improvements and reclamation, with details of experim...

Jolly Jump-Ups: Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses
Robert Louis Stevenson comes to life in pop-up form in this delightful and highly coloured children'...

To all householders [4 Edinburgh broadsides]
These four broadsides published at the behest of the city fathers of Edinburgh between 1808 and 1816...

Recreations with the Muses
This collection of the works of William Alexander is of central importance to the development of Sco...

To the revolution club
This unrecorded pamphlet is a tory satire against the Scottish whigs enthusiasm for the Glorious Rev...

Maçonnerie pratique: cours d'enseignement supérieur de la franc-maçonnerie rite écossais ancien et accepté... Publiée par un profane
This is an important addition to the Library's holdings of literature relating to Freemasonry, deali...

Thorn tree clique, a new analysis of Mathieson's poem The Goff
David Hamilton operates one of the few private presses surviving in Scotland. He uses a Vandercook ...

Historia regalis divi Iacobi VI. regis semper augusti
This is an unusual rarity for which no extant copies could be found in RLIN, ESTC, OCLC, CURL, or th...

[Specimen book of lithographs, engravings, copper plate and letterpress]
This is a sample book of engravings produced in Edinburgh ca. 1851 by William Home Lizars (1788-1859...

Copy of a minute by the Marquis of Dalhousie, dated February 28, 1856 reviewing his administration in India, from January 1848, to March 1856
This volume contains a presentation inscription on the title page to the Caledonian United Service C...

Edinburgh Calotype Club Album, Volume 1
By an extraordinary sequence of events, the Library, in partnership with Edinburgh City Council, pur...

Holy Bible [with Psalms, 1726]
This is a binding of black goatskin, gilt tooled all over in the distinctive eighteenth-century Scot...

China magazine. Christmas volume
This is a rich source of information about the early activities of the Scottish-born pioneering phot...

Collection of photographs of the south side of Edinburgh
These 138 silver gelatin prints form an invaluable record of the St. Leonards area of Edinburgh, lar...

Scotichronicon
Scotichronicon, the key text of early Scottish history, was written in the later 14th century, but w...

Holy Bible. With Psalms. Edinburgh, 1744.
These two volumes of the Bible and metrical Psalms are bound in black goatskin with gold-tooling in ...

Genuine Works
This is a fine set of an interesting edition of William Whiston's translation of the works of Joseph...

Selection of blocks from the collection of John A. Birkbeck
This is a most attractive selection of examples of printing from the ornamental blocks in the collec...

Copy of verses on the Tay Bridge Disaster
The Tay Bridge Disaster of 28 December 1879, in which some 75 people died when the bridge collapsed ...

Inquiry into the Human Mind
This is a useful edition to the Library's holdings of Scottish Enlightenment texts. Thomas Reid (17...

Works of Anacreon
The importance of James Scott in the history of Scottish bookbinding is very great, and through J.H....

Exact abridgement of all the public acts of assembly of Virginia.
This collection of early acts passed by the assembly of colonial Virginia covers legislation from 16...

Diarium itineris in Moscoviam.
An account of the Austrian diplomatic mission to Russia in 1698 to discuss an alliance against the T...

Land of Burns: Mauchline town and district.
This is a rare Mauchline-ware book signed by the author J. Taylor Gibb. The binding is 'made of wood...

Negotiations of Sir Thomas Roe, in his embassy to the Ottoman Porte, from the year 1621 to 1628 inclusive
This is the diplomatic correspondence of Thomas Roe (1581?-1644) during the time that he was ambassa...

Koran
This is a miniature copy of The Koran, in Arabic, published by David Bryce of Glasgow around the tur...

Character of Lord Byron
Sir Walter Scott's Character of Lord Byron is bound with William Parry's Last days of Lord Byron wit...

[3 works]
This is a pleasing volume of three Duns Scotus works, bound in vellum and with gauffered floral desi...

Remarks upon an essay on government by James Mill
The Scottish Utilitarian philosopher James Mill, who was father of John Stuart Mill, was an importan...

Bicentenary edition of Pitman's extra illustrated Boswell's Johnson
This edition of Boswell's Johnson was published in twenty weekly instalments beginning on Saturday S...

Davington Library catalogue of books, 1905
A rare catalogue from the library in the hamlet of Davington, between Ettrick and Eskdalemuir, Dumf...

Miscellaneous works of the right honourable Edward Earl of Clarendon
This is a superb copy of the second edition of Clarendon's miscellaneous works from the library of S...

Aesop's fables.
This is a rare and unrecorded edition of the ever-popular Aesop's fables. It was published in Edinb...

History of the horrid and unnatural murders, lately committed by John Smith in the parish of Roseneath, and shire of Dumbarton
This is an 8-page pamphlet bearing the stamp of the Birmingham Law Society. No bibliographic record ...

Photographs of excavations at the Roman fort of Castlecary.
This is a well-preserved album of 16 photographs of excavations along part of the Antonine Wall at C...

Ainmeanna cliuteach Chriosd. [Christ's famous titles].
This is an important addition to the National Library's collection of books in Scots Gaelic printed...

Scotch Reform
A presentation copy, with the note in the author's hand, of the 1807 printing of this important work...

Tyrant of the Cuchullin Hills
This poem about a ferocious golden eagle terrorising the Cuillin mountains of Skye appears here in w...

[Album of photographs and newspaper cuttings belonging to John Winning]
This is an album of photographs and newpaper cuttings relating to the activities of Dr. John Winning...

Little women.
This is an uncommon edition of Louisa Alcott's classic children's book with a striking wrap-around ...

Disputatio Juridica.
This is a fine thesis binding in black morocco, with gold tooling on boards, spine, board edges and ...

Collection of Poems
Bought with [Walter Scott, Letter on Landscape, 1831], $600.00. This item transferred to MSS. Tw...

Calendar for 1940.
An unusual survival, this calendar was found in an attic in reasonably good condition, with its orig...

Wedding Day, a Novel. 3 vols.
This work by the Scottish-born writer Elizabeth Spence is extremely rare. Spence (1768-1832) was bo...

[Pamphlets relating to Nova Scotia, 1830s]
A most interesting collection of pamphlets, manuscript letters, maps and newspaper cuttings relating...

[Orationes Selectae].
Acquired for the fine contemporary binding, which appears to be an early example of a Scottish wheel...

New and Easy Method of Cookery. Edinburgh, 1755.
Elizabeth Cleland taught cookery in Edinburgh, apparently at her house in the Luckenbooths, the now-...

Short Apology for Apostacy
This provocative title introduces a scathing and witty attack on established religion in Scotland by...

Child's garden of verses
See entry for Philadelphia 1919 edition. These two illustrated American editions of Robert Louis ...

Child's garden of verses
See entry for New York 1905 edition. These two illustrated American editions of Robert Louis Stev...

[Mountain photographs : 23 gelatin-silver prints]
Photographic views of the Alps and the Himalaya, taken by Vittorio Sella during the last decades of ...

Resor I Skottland.
This is the first edition in Swedish of Kohl's account of his travels in Scotland in the autumn of 1...

Tryal of Sr. Godfrey McCulloch, Vindicated, Edinburgh: 1697 (+10 other pamphlets bound in one volume)
This volume of pamphlets was purchased primarily for the work whose title is given above. This titl...

Etat general des dettes de l'Etat
These items are useful additions to the Library's holdings of publications relating to the career an...

Lettre au sujet de l'arrest du Conseil d'État
These items are useful additions to the Library's holdings of publications relating to the career an...

Book of knowledge: treating of the wisdom of the ancients.
An unrecorded edition of this hugely popular text 'translated' by the Tudor almanac compiler William...

Journal of a tour of discovery across the Blue Mountains, New South Wales in the year 1813.
A line for line reproduction of the rare original edition of 1823 which recounts the first European ...

Sett of the City of Edinburgh
Although the library has a copy of this edition at shelfmark H.Br.6, this copy is an interesting add...

Broadsides relating to Queen Victoria's journey by train from Ballater to Windsor.
Note: 9 broadsides showing the details of the Queen's journey on the 22nd and 23rd of November 1876....

Theory of moral sentiments.
This is a surprisingly rare edition of Adam Smith's main philosophical work, which was first publish...

25 miscellaneous Scottish legal petitions, 1724-1794
This volume of eighteenth-century petitions and memorials connected with legal disputes over land an...

Travels in the Cevennes
Note: This is no.27 of a limited edition of 50 special copies of this beautifully produced and taste...

Original history of the abbey, palace and chapel royal of Holyroodhouse
Note: This is a rare edition of a highly popular book on Holyrood, with a fascinating provenance. It...

Following proposals for, and accounts of, a National Land-Bank having been printed at London.
One of the core missions of the Rare Books Division is to collect the printed output of Scotland. O...

In Ruhleben Camp, No.1, June 6th 1915 - No.9, October 1915, Xmas number, 1915 and The Ruhleben Bye-Election, July 1915 [subsequently The Ruhleben Camp Magazine, Volume I, No.1, March 1916 - No.4, August 1916 & Volume II, No.5, Xmas 1916 - No. 6, June 1917].
Contents of In Ruhleben Camp: No.1, Sunday, June 6th 1915; No.2, Sunday, June 27th 1915; No.3, Sunda...

Historiarum de rebus Ungaricis
Note: This stunning goatskin binding, bound for King James I (James VI of Scotland), has been attrib...

Plan for Raising a Militia in that part of Great Britain called Scotland
Only three copies of this draft bill for regulating the militia in Scotland, by means of adapting th...

Full Report of the Proceedings at the Meetings of Messrs. Thompson and Borthwick, at Dalkeith
George Thompson and Peter Borthwick both gave lectures in Dalkeith on 22 March 1833, on the subject ...

Des Lord Monboddo Werk von dem Ursprunge und Fortgange der Sprache
This is the first German edition, an abridged translation of volumes 1-3,of Monboddo's seminal work ...

Chronicle of Perth: a register of remarkable occurrences, chiefly connected with that city, from the year 1210 to 1668
An apparently unique copy of this Maitland Society publication, printed on vellum. It is not mention...

Bonnybridge price list and illustrated and descriptive catalogue of Smith & c's patent and registered American cooking stoves, portable kitchen ranves, warming stoves, for church, hall, parlour, office, shop and ware-room use, &c. Catalogue 2A
This trade catalogue of Bonnybridge iron foundries dates from the 1880s, the heyday of heavy industr...

Ornamental and general iron founders. Bonnybridge foundry. [Catalogue]
This trade catalogue of Bonnybridge iron foundries dates from the 1880s, the heyday of heavy industr...

Tales of Ossian for use and entertainment. Ein Lesebuch für Anfänger im Englischen
This is a rare first edition of the English version of Macpherson's landmark work. It is probably ba...

Photographs of the streets and closes of Leith] 8 Albumen prints mounted on card, with the streetnames written in pencil by a later hand, bound in a contemporary [?] album
These eight albumen prints probably date from the 1860s. They are of the backstreets and closes of ...

Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde
With 10 copper engravings preceding the text, executed by Didier Mutel. Oblong folio, loose as issu...

Full, true, and particular account of the trial and condemnation of Wilson Potts, late Captain of the Dreadnought Privateer, belonging to Newcastle, who was sentenced to be hanged at the Stood Mark, near Leith, on Wednesday the 13th of February next
A broadside, printed recto only in two columns with a woodcut of a ship at head of title. It concer...

Picturesque sketches in Spain taken during ye years 1832 & 1833
This volume of tinted lithographs was David Roberts's first published set of views. After working a...

Collection of etchings after the most eminent masters of the Dutch and Flemish schools
These two volumes contain 361 fine etchings in the style of the old masters of the Low Countries as ...

Volume of Edinburgh newspapers, 1759-1770
This volume of newspapers comes from the library of the Writers to the Signet, and also displays the...

Select views of the lakes of Scotland : from original paintings by John Fleming / engraved by Joseph Swan ; with historical and descriptive illustrations by John M. Leighton.
This is the full set of the 16 part issues of the book published in 1834 (A.116.a.12-13) as 'The la...

Inquiry into the principles of political oeconomy: being an essay on the science of domestic policy in free nations
This fine set of Sir James Steuart's magnum opus, is a very important addition to the Library's hold...

Collection of single-sheet items, mainly posters and advertisements relating to land and agriculture in Scotland, dated between 1805 and 1903
These items include descriptions and valuations of estates and commercial property up for sale or re...

New South Wales calendar and General Post Office Directory, 1836
This copy of the short-lived New South Wales calendar, published from 1832 to 1837 has an notweworth...

Holy Bible
Bound with New Testament, London, 1647 and Psalms of David in meeter, Edinburgh, 1647. An unspoil...

Wounds o' the Kirk o' Scotland
This is a rare edition of a popular and remarkable sermon (ESTC T14610 records only one other copy)....

Dreadful fray, which took place at Culrain near Gladsfield in Ross-shire
A rare broadside consisting of letters printed in the 'Scotsman' and the 'Glasgow Courier', which gi...

Bibbia
A striking Scottish binding with a long and impressive Scottish military provenance. It was the firs...

Saints recreation, third part, upon the estate of grace
This copy of Geddes's volume of pious verse can perhaps be described as a bibliographical conundrum....

Copy of a Paper to the Magistrates of Edinburgh
These single-sheet items record the unusual paranoia afflicting a man who describes himself as a jou...

To the Right Hon. Charles Townsend
These single-sheet items record the unusual paranoia afflicting a man who describes himself as a jou...

Plain directions for raising potatoes on the lazy bed
A rare work (not in ESTC or OCLC) by an unknown author who was 'Collector of Shore-dues in the Port ...

Collection of Petitions, Informations and Answers to the Lords of Council and Sessions
This is a made-up title (nineteenth-century title page) for a volume containing a rich collection of...

Express from Scotland; with an Account of Defeating Two Thousand of the Rebels
An apparently unique copy of a single-sheet item relating to the Pretender, James III, and the abort...

Souvenirs des highlands voyage a la suite de Henri V en 1832
Chambord, Henri Dieudonné d'Artois, Count (comte) de, Duke (duc) De Bordeaux (1820-1883) was the las...

Com. Civit. Limirick. The Information of the Right Honourable the Lord Forester
An apparently unique copy of a single-sheet item relating to the Pretender, James III, and the abort...

New game of the ascent of Mont Blanc.
A rare Victorian board game comprising a folded lithograph mounted on cloth with 54 coloured vignett...

Donation of 4 items of ephemera, relating to bicentenary celebrations for Robert Burns on 25 January 1959, organised by the Scottish District of the Communist Party
1. Single Sheet Flyer, for the event in St Andrew's Hall, Glasgow 2. Ticket for the event 3. Souve...

Holy Bible
An unusual contemporary binding for a 1764 Edinburgh-printed edition of the Bible. It is the first o...

Thomas Edwards, England's, and North-Britain's, Happiness
This rare pamphlet makes a unique contribution to the debates over the Union of 1707. The writer ar...

Four panoramic views of the city of Edinburgh, taken from the Calton Hill, by Lady Elton
This fine and uncommon set of four lithographs provide a sweeping 360° panoramic view of Edinburgh a...

New Testament and Psalms (Unidentified copy, t.p. missing)
This small format Bible (16mo) belonged to Rev. John Baird, father of John Logie Baird, inventor of ...

Account of the trial of Thomas Muir.
This is the only known copy in Britain of the first American edition of a book describing the trial ...

Versuch über die Natur und Unveränderlichkeit der Wahreit; im Gegensatze de Klügeley und de Zweifelsucht.
James Beattie's works have not stood the test of time as well as those of his contemporaries, men su...

Catalogue des objects d'art & de curiosite au Palais d'Hamilton
A catalogue that never was. This is a quite remarkable curiosity that started life in France toward...

Montrose illustrated in five views with plan of the town and several vignettes, to which are added a few explanatory remarks.
This is a pristine set of exemplars of early lithographic printing in Scotland, of which only one ot...

Gospel of wealth.
'The gospel of wealth' was first published as a pair of articles - 'Wealth' and 'The best fields for...

Sketch of the improvements now carrying on in the county of Caithness, north Britain.
A brief description, beautifully illustrated with four fine engraved plans, of proposed improvement...

Inaugural ceremonies in honour of the opening of Fountain Gardens, Paisley ... Published under the patronage and by authority of the Provost, Magistrates and Town Council.
Folio, [2], 92 This limited, imperial edition of 40 copies was 'published by request of a few gen...

Elements of the art of dancing.
This is the only known copy of this book in Britain - the only other recorded copy is at the Library...

[Trainspotting] The glossary.
This booklet has been signed by Irvine Welsh and gives a basic insight to the vernacular used in the...

Ritter Harold's Pilgerfahrt.
This is the first edition of what is probably the first German translation of Childe Harold, the wor...

Foresters: a poetic account of a walking journey to the Falls of Niagara in the Autumn of 1804.
Alexander Wilson (1766-1813) was born in Paisley in 1766 and emigrated to the American colonies in 1...

Baronial and Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Scotland
This is an unusual version of the first edition of Billings' magnum opus, a wide-ranging and thought...

Letter from Governor Pownall to Adam Smith being an Examination of several points of doctrine, laid down in his 'Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations'.
4to, [11], 48 p. Without the errata slip, sometimes pasted onto the verso of the half-title. ESTC ...

Dream of John Ball and a king's lesson.
A valuable addition to the Library's large collection of Kelmscott Press publications. The Kelmscott...

Bethulia delivered. A sacred nama[sic].
A rare edition of this libretto, which was first performed in Vienna in 1734: only one other copy is...

De principis Augustissimi Francisci Ducis Guisiani obitu. Paris, 1563 BOUND WITH Blackwood, Adam. In Novae Religionis Asseclas Carmen Invenctium Ad virum illustrissimum & 9 Others
It is unusual to acquire eleven mid-16th Century poems printed in Paris most of which have survived ...

Two Proposals Becoming England at this Juncture to Undertake. One, for securing a Collony [sic] in the West-Indies... And the other, for advancing Merchandize
This proposal for a new English colony near Darien has some curious features. Nationalistic and som...

History of the kingdoms of Scotland & Ireland.
Nathaniel Crouch who wrote under the pseudonym of R.B. – Richard or Robert Burton, was a prolific au...

Catalogue of household furniture, &c, which belonged to the late Marchioness of Lothian ... which will be sold by Roup, at Lothian House ... Monday the 3d March 1788 ... Mrs Bowie, Auctioneer.
An extremely rare printed sales catalogue of the household belongings of Jean, Marchioness of Lothia...

[Volume containing 25 items, mainly chapbooks, relating to William Wallace and Robert the Bruce]
This volume, which formerly belonged to the poet Sydney Goodsir Smith, includes 21 chapbooks telling...

Third Part of the Bible ... Containing Five Excellent Books, Edinburgh: by Robert Young, 1637
Bound with: The New Testament, London: Robert Barker & Assigns of John Bill, 1638; and: The whole bo...

Enquiry into the nature of the Corn-Laws; With a View to the New Corn-Bill Proposed for Scotland
8vo pp. 60 [1] author's apology, [1] blank with an inscription 'To Barond de Podmaniesky, From the A...

Genuine copy of a letter from a merchant in Stockholm to his correspondent in London. Containing an impartial account of Doctor Alexander Blackwell, his plot, trial, character, and behaviour, both under examination, and at the place of execution
This rare and probably spurious pamphlet, describes the involvement of 'Doctor' Blackwell in the mac...

Two Meditations of the Kings Maiestie
Despite the rare title page, this work consists of one meditation only, A Paterne for a Kings inaugu...

Proclamation ... March.24 ... 1602 [1603]
This is a fine uncut copy of the second edition of the proclamation in which the English privy counc...

Meditation vpon the Lords Prayer
Attractive copy of the first edition, STC 14384. King James's straightforward exposition of the Lor...

Reminiscences of pleasure trips from Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and other places in Lancashire, Yorkshire, etc. to Liverpool, Fleetwood, Blackpool, the Isle of Man, Ireland, and Scotland, in the summer of 1847
A rare and fascinating account of two of the earliest of Thomas Cook's organised 'pleasure trips' to...

Germaniae historicorum illustrium
This intricate and elaborate early 17th century Scottish binding (c.1620-1630) has an interesting hi...

Nugae Derelictae, quas colligerunt …
A very rare collection of current jeaux d'esprit and reprints of rare pieces brought together by a t...

Über die Industrie und Kultur der Portugiesen
This is the first and only edition of this study of the economic, political and social situation in ...

Vitas patrum.
This volume, an account of the lives of the church fathers by St. Jerome, was acquired primarily bec...

Engineer and machinist's assistant: being a series of plans, sections, and elevations, of steam engines, spinning machines, mills for grinding, tools, etc., etc., taken from machines of approved construction at present in operation.
This is a 'new and improved edition' of a book first published by Blackie in 1847. Lavishly illustra...

Royaute de Charles Second roy de la Grand Bretagne, &c. reconnuë au parlement d'Ecosse, & proclamée par tout le Royaume
This item is probably a translation of the proclamation by the Scottish parliament declaring Charles...

Thomas Carlyle: a history of his life in London 1834-1881. In two volumes.
These four volumes comprise the 'authorised' biography of Thomas Carlyle, (1795-1881) the pre-eminen...

Thomas Carlyle: a history of the first forty years of his life 1795-1835. In two volumes.
These four volumes comprise the 'authorised' biography of Thomas Carlyle, (1795-1881) the pre-eminen...

Questiones magistrales in divina subtilissimi Scoti volumina
Three early Duns Scotus-related volumes (others at RB.s.2066, RB.s.2067), bought at the most recent ...

Reportata clarissima in quattuor sancti Bonaventure ... Sententiarum libros Scoti subtilis secundi
Three early Duns Scotus-related volumes (others at RB.s.2065, RB.s.2067), bought at the most recent ...

Venerabilis magistri fratris Stephani Brulefer ... Formalitatum textus unacum ipsius commento perlucido
Three early Duns Scotus-related volumes (others at RB.s.2065, RB.s.2066), bought at the most recent ...

Holy Bible
2 vols. 1 of 400 copies Over the years the Library has been building an impressive collection of ...

Institutes of moral philosophy
This is a new edition, reprinted in enlarged form, of Ferguson's Institutes which was first publish...

Arboflede, ou le mérite persécuté. Histoire Angloise. Première [-seconde] partie
An unusual novel set in medieval England and Scotland, centering on the figure of Arboflede, a disgr...

Epoques et faits memorables de l'histoire d'Angleterre
Although the Library has a number of bindings by Alexander Banks jnr (for example, NC.314.a.10; Hall...

Lecture on the Civil War in America, delivered at the Rothesay Mechanics' Institute
An unrecorded (?) lecture stating the case for the Northern Government against the Southern States. ...

New history of the city of Edinburgh, from the earliest times to the present time
There are two different printings of this work in 1800: ESTC N20175 &T110293). The Library has two ...

Report on the present state of the Society in Scotland for propagating Christian knowledge
Although the Library has a number of bindings by Alexander Banks jnr (for example, NC.314.a.10; Hall...

Holy Bible, containing the old and new testaments
A contemporary Scottish binding in fine condition of brown morocco, gilt tooled with a herringbone d...

Handbok for Statshallningen efter Adam Smiths Grundsattser
The first Swedish translation of Georg Sartorius's abridgement of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations for...

Prayers written at Vailima
A fine printing of the Stevenson prayers (first published London, 1904) illustrated with original li...

Account of the life and writings of Adam Smith, LL.D. From the Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
In his bibliography of David Hume and other Scottish philosphers, T. E. Jessop rightly states that t...

Album of Photographs of India, Burma, and the Andaman Islands
An important group of early photographs assembled between 1850 and 1867 by James Bruce, 8th Earl of ...

Central India photographs
19 albumen prints by an unknown photographer in a portfolio. From the collection of Victor Alexande...

Short address to the weavers of Paisley and the neighbourhood : (suggesting a plan for their relief.) by an Inhabitant. An answer to the address (lately sold at three-pence) "by a Burgess," (on the road to preferment) to the feuars and burgesses of Paisley by "Shifty". Paisley, 1817. And 3 others
A collection of five rare tracts published variously in Ayr, Paisley and Glasgow between 1817 and 18...

Narrative of the loss of the Abeona, which was destroyed by fire, on the 25th of November, 1820 ... Compiled by some of the survivors.
This narrative follows in a long tradition of providing an 'eye witness' account of a disaster and p...