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Dundee has one of the oldest public library services in the western world. Although the reasons behind this remains unclear, a collection of classical and theological works, principally maintained for use by the clergy, was transferred by Church authorities to the Town Council as early as 1442.

This same collection probably remained intact during the Reformation when the Rev. William Christison, Protestant Minister of St. Mary’s, assumed responsibility. He proudly presented a number of his own books to swell the resources which were to assist Dundee in gaining renown as “The Geneva of the North”. One of these volumes may still be seen with a contemporary inscription recording his generosity.

History of the Collection

It should be explained that the Members of the Town Council had ultimate responsibility for the Library. Care of the books was entrusted to the Vicar in pre-reformation times, and thereafter to his counterpart, the Senior Protestant Minister of Dundee.

This was a time of political, cultural and religious evolution, in which Dundee figured large. It was not long since Wishart had died at the stake for his faith, and the Wedderburns were to risk establishment wrath and exile, by publishing “The Gude and Godlie Ballatis”. The assassination of Cardinal David Beaton, in retaliation for Wishart’s judicial murder, left an enduring vacuum. In politics and religion, there was all to play for.

The Library however survived despite the unrest of the 16th and 17th centuries. The collection was probably housed either close by or within the Old Steeple when the town was devastated by Monk, and it appears to have survived remarkably unscathed. (This is borne out by a detailed catalogue of 1724, which records a large number of volumes, many of which are likely to have constituted the reformation library). There is a chilling reminder of the siege, in the form of a facsimile decree issued by Monk - the original is in Dundee Archives - requiring, in icily polite tones, that the city fathers demolish the walls as an insurance against further insurrection.

The MS minutes of the Town Council during the 17th century make frequent reference to the Dundee Public Library. It is also recorded during this period that Sir Peter Young of Seatoun (1544-1628), Almoner to James VI and native of Dundee, donated many books and manuscripts that had belonged to his maternal uncle, Henry Scrymgeour of Geneva. One of Sir Peter’s sons, Dr. Patrick Young, a celebrated Greek scholar, was made a Burgess of Dundee in 1618. The entry in the Lockit Buik cites Dr. Young’s elevation “on account of his Zeal in the Service of the Commonwealth, and for the mode in which he has munificently increased the Library of the Burgh”.

The history of the Library remains thereafter largely uneventful, until a dreadful fire of 1841 almost totally destroyed the collection. There appears to have been little or no attempt to rescue the books, save for the extraordinary tale relating to the catalogue of 1724. This was in the vestry of St. Mary’s church when the fire broke out, and was thrown into the street, whence it was retrieved by a Dundonian named Smith. Following its lucky escape, the volume was taken to Australia when Smith emigrated there. His descendants, perhaps recognising the value of the work, offered it to the Free Library for a nominal sum, and it was finally returned to its rightful place in 1911. The catalogue was fully restored in the early 1990s, and now takes pride of place as one of the chief treasures of the rare books collection. It is thought that about half a dozen other books survived, including one badly scorched bible of 1569.

The fire was undoubtedly a major disaster, but its devastating effects were largely mitigated by the generous spirit exhibited during that other golden age of scholarship, the Victorian period. The rich collections within Dundee Central Library bear eloquent testimony to the generosity of many learned philanthropists, who combined to ensure that Dundee regained a literary collection befitting its status as a leading Scottish city.

Some of these collections have now assumed an importance in their own right. The Wighton Collection is one of the world’s finest assemblages of early Scottish music, and the Sir James Ivory Collection is the personal library of one of the country’s most important scientists. Other Dundonians to feature in this hall of fame include Sir David Baxter, J. M. Keiller, Edward Cox, A. C. Lamb, Charles Ower and G. W. L. Sturrock.

Books and manuscripts of the Rare Books Collection are generally available for consultation, subject to the presentation of evidence of identity, and submission of 24 hours notice of requirements. Rules governing usage of the collection are intended to ensure security and preservation of the items, and failure to observe these rules may lead to the withdrawal of consultation facilities. Leisure and Culture Dundee reserves the right to withhold such facilities in respect of certain extremely rare or valuable items, or to provide surrogate images. Visitors and residents may use the collection for research purposes during the normal opening hours of the Central Library’s Local History Centre.

The Collection

Adam, Robert

Ruins of the palace of the Emperor Diocletian at Spalatro in Dalmatia, by R. Adam F.R.S. F.S.A., architect to the king and to the queen. Printed for the author. 1764 1a. fo. pp. x, 33, plates.

Adam, William

Vitruvius Scoticus. Being a collection of plans, elevations and sections of public buildings, noblemen’s and gentlemen’s houses in Scotland: principally from the designs of W. Adam. Edinburgh: A. Black, [1780?] 1a. fo., 179 plates. Wants title and part of contents, which has been typed and inserted. Conservation work, also missing leaves added in modern script, by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1995 Adamson, Janet Mortgage in favour of ane honourable man [indecipherable]. 1531 With seal attached. Conservation work and encapsulation by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1995.

Addison, Joseph

The evidences of the Christian religion. London: printed for J. Tonson, 1733 Second edition. Sir Francis Mudie Collection.

Airy, Sir George Biddell

Astronomical observations made at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich in 1838, under the direction of Sir George Biddell Airy. London: J. Murray, 1840 ivxz pp. LXXII + 441. roy. 4to.

Allen, J(ohn)

Romilly The early Christian monuments of Scotland. A classified, illustrative, descriptive list of the monuments, with an analysis of their symbolism and ornamentation. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1903 An introduction, being the Rhind Lectures for 1892 by Joseph Anderson, LL.D., H.R.S.A., Hon. M.R.I.A.. Only 400 copies printed. This copy is No. 148.

Anderson, Martin – Cynicus. pseud.

An album of hand painted cards. n.d. A selection of rich original watercolours to various Cynicus themes. They are principally B4 (approx.) but with some full page and some smaller illustrations. There is a signed photographic portrait of Cynicus as frontispiece.

Anderson, Martin – Cynicus. pseud.

The Cynicus hand painted sixpenny, satirical, funny, grotesque, cynical, sixpenny Xmas, birthday, sympathy etc., cards. A unique innovation. Endless variety. n.d. “Apparently Cynicus’s catalogue of sketches”, or more probably, a reproduction of same. Another volume: D 8814.

Anderson, Martin – Cynicus. pseud.

The Cynicus Xmas post cards. n.d. Portfolio of 61 postcards, in overlapping vertical rows of three, from which some have been removed. Not all relate to Christmas and one loose insert is: “Fishing for a young man at Perth”.

Arbroath Horticultural and Natural History Association

The flora of Arbroath and its neighbourhood: being a list of flowering plants and ferns, with an appendix of mosses and lichens, and seaweeds Arbroath: T. Buncle, 1882 Hutton viii, 63[1]; 31 unnumbered leaves alternating with the main sequence. Prepared by a committee of the Arbroath Horticultural and Natural History Association. The interleaved blank sheets, which are of the same paper and form an integral part of the gatherings, are probably intended for the insertion of manuscript notes and comments. The previous owner has made sparing use of this provision. The green cloth covered boards, in addition to gilt lettering and a fern design, bear the handwritten letters A.H..

Aristotle Stagritae

Libri Omnes, quibus tota Moralis Philosophia, quae ad formandos mores tum Singulorum, tum Familiae, tum Civitatis, spectat, continetur...Tomus Quintus. Geneva: Apud Jacobum Stoer, 1608. 827 pp. index. 12 cm. Bound in Vellum. Watermarks both margins.

Athenian Society

The Athenian Gazette or Casuistical Mercury, resolving all the most nice and curious questions proposed by the ingenious [edited by J. Dunton, R. Sault, S. Wesley and others. London: 1690–1692 Only some issues and fragments. To be listed. Title varies throughout the volume. Major conservation work and rebinding by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1995.

Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo

In omnia d. Aurelii Augustini scripta indices duo, eo conscripti modo, ut nihil in his annotatu dignum possis desiderare, necque quisquam velut supervacaneum rejicere: quorum prior materias in... Basilae, 1543 ...ipsis passim operibus tractatus, indicat: posterior sacrae scripturae loco cum interpretationes iuxta Biblioru ordinem observatorum ostendit. Latin inscription on t.p. reads: “Hunc librum dono dedit piae memoriae Vir Guilelm Christeson quadraginta anis eccles a Christi Taodunaria Minister Qui et mori...ens 16 calend. Maii anno domini 1599 Testamento legavit in usui communis bibliothecae praedictae urbis ecclesia”.

Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo

Quintus tomus operum d. Aur. Augustini Hipponensis episcopi, XXII libros civitate Dei, diligenter recognitos per eruditisis virum Joan. Lodovicum Vivem, ac eiusdem Commentariis denuo ab autore... Basilae, 1542 ...revisis illustratos, continens. Latin inscription on t.p. reads: Hoc volumen, quintum & sextum oper d. Augustini tomos continens, (to be completed).

Bagay, V.

Nouvelles tables astronomiques et hydrographiques. Paris, 1829 ivxz Edn. sterotype. pp. LXXXVI + 615. 5 plates. 4to.

Bailly, Jean Sylvain

Histoire de l’astronomie ancienne, depuis son origine jusqu’a l’etablissement de l’ecole a Alexandrie. Paris, 1775 ivxz

Bailly, Jean Sylvain

Histoire de l’astronomie moderne, depuis la fondation de l’ecole d’Alexandrie jusqu’a l’epoque de 1730. Paris, 1779 ivxz 3 vols. 4to.

Bailly, Jean Sylvain

Lettres sur le origine des sciences. London and Paris, 1777 ivxz

Barlow, Crawford

The new Tay Bridge. A course of lectures delivered at the Royal School of Military Engineering, at Chatham, November 1888. London: E. & F.N. Spon, 1889

Baxter, Rt. Hon. William Edward, P.C., M.P.,

Secretary to the Treasury Letter to Dr. Houghton. MS. London, 22 Queens Gate Gardens, 8th January 1873 Written on mourning stationery embossed with the royal arms and, below, the title “Treasury S.W.”, all in a circular border.

Bible [Latin] Nuremberg

Johann Sensenschmidt & Andreas Frisner, 1475 B.M.Cat. vol 17, column 23 refers. Hain *3062. Gesamtkatalog 4221. Wants the first and last blank leaves, also folio 17, half of folio 21 and about 6 leaves at folio 387, from Chap. VIII of the Book of Revelation. Initial in red and blue. Previous edition: B. Richel, Basle, 1475. The binding is not contemporary, finely tooled leather on wooden boards, with elaborate gold leaf decoration front and rear. Spine title: “BIBLIA SACRA LATINA”.

Bible. New Testament

Tahitian Te Faufaa Api, a to tatou fatu e te era, a Iesu Mesia ra: iriti ei parau Tahiti; e ua faa au maite hia i te parau tumu, eia te Heleni, e ua hope hei i te faa titiaifaro hia. Translated by Henry Nott and others. Lonodona?: W. M. Watts, 1853. 12 sup. 0 [316 pp.] 18 cm. Presented by Mrs. Drummond, Megginch, Perthshire.

Blaeu, Jan and Blaeu Willem

Toonneel des Aerdriicx, ofte Nieuwe Atlas, dat is Beschryving van alle Landen; Nu nieulycx uytgegeven, Door Wilhelm:en Iohannem Blaeu. Amsterdam: John and Cornelius Blaeu, 1642 Engraved title page and maps, all coloured. B.A.R. 1990– 91

Blaeu, Johan

Joan, Jan, Joannes etc.) see also Gordon, Robert, of Straloch; Pont, Timothy

Blaeu, Johan

Descriptio Fifae. Fifae pars orientalis, the east part of Fife. Amsterdam: Johan Blaeu [1654?] From the Latin edition, probably of “Atlas Novus”.

Blaikie manuscript, 1692

Forty Scotch tunes, in the tablature of the Skene MS, for the viola de gamba. Copied by A. J. Wighton from the copy which belonged to Mr James Davie, Aberdeen. The previous MSS, from which these tunes have been transcribed, is now lost. Conserved by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1993.

Blinshall, Revd.

Dr. James Petition to the town council of Dundee concerning the necessity for establishing an infirmary in the town. 1791 Contains approximately 250 signatures. Conserved c. 1992.

Boccaccio, Giovanni

Boccaccio’s Decameron Oxford: The Shakespeare head Press, pub. for the press by Basil Blackwell, 1934. Sturrock Collection 2 vols. illus. 11.5 in. Boccaccio’s Decameron; the modell of wit, mirth, eloquence and conversation framed in the dayes, of an hundred curious pieces, by seven honourable ladies, and three noble gentlemen. Preserved to posterity by the renowned John Boccaccio, the first refiner of Italian prose: and now translated into English. Text prepared from the first English translation, printed by Isaac Jaggard for Matthew Lownes in 1625 and compared with the first edition of 1620. The illustrations are facsimiles of woodcuts from the first edition printed by the brothers Gregorii at Venice in 1492. These wood engravings were re-cut by R. J. Beedham and E. Joyce Francis. Printed in blue and black: the blue initials and capitals are copied from those in the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. The text throughout was set by hand in Caslon’s type. Bound in blue leather. Limited to 325 numbered copies of which this is number 27.

Boece, Hector

Episcoporum Murthlacensium, atque Aberdonensium vitae per Hector Boetium Deidonanum. MS transcription of “Lives of the Bishops of Mortlach and Aberdeen” by Francis Irvine. Paris: Presso Ascensiano, ad Idus Maias anno salutis MDXXII (1522) Also includes: 1) “Catalogus Archiepiscoparum. Episcoparum. Praeposit- urarum, Abbatiarum, Prioratuum, e cellarum, monasteriorum Religioso- rum, Claustrorum Monialium, e Collegiorum, Regni Scotiae, una cum Provinciis ubi sita sunt, eorum Ordinibus, omniumque eorum fundator- ibus”. 2) “Catalogus Abbatiarum et monasteriorum praecipuorum a Scotis extra scotiam fundatorum”. Irvine’s hand stops in mid sentence on p.32, and the work is completed in another hand. Displayed at the Scottish Exhibition, Glasgow, 1911. Palace of History Sender: Rev. Wm. Findlay, 17 Coniston Drive, Edinburgh.

Boece, Hector

Scotorum historiae a prima gentis origine, cum aliarum et rerum et gentium illustratione non vulgari, Libri XIX. Hectore Boethio Deidonano auctore. Duo postremi huius historiae libri nunc primum... Paris. Vaenundantur a Iacobo du Puys sub signo Samaritanae, prope collegium Cameracense, 1574. ...emittuntur in lucem. Accessit & huic editioni eiusdem Scotorum Historiae contiuatio, per Ioannem Ferrerium Pedemontanum, recens & ipsa scripta & edita. Quae in hoc opere praecipua continentur sequens pagina indicabit. Conserved, Tom Valentine, 1992

Boethius, Hector

Scotorum historiae. Paris: Iodocus Badius Ascensius, 1526 The work is foliated. The first 42 leaves are unnumbered. This is followed by two sequences ff. i-xxii; ff. i-ccclxviii (=432). Folio ccxvi is misnumbered as ccxii; ccxxix as ccxix; cclxi as cclxii; ccxv as ccxciiii. There are no catchwords and the lines are numbered. Bound in brown leather. Conserved by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1992.

Brewster, David, LL.D., F.R.S.

The life of Sir Isaac Newton. London: John Murray, 1831 Sir Francis Mudie

Buist, R.C., M.A., M.D., LL.D.

Solemn League and Covenant, 1643. List of the Dundee signatories. Transcription of signatures. February, 1934 Contains a listing of 223 more prominent names.

Catalogue of books in the library of Dundie in 1724

This book is reputed to have been thrown from the blazing Steeple Churches, picked up by a bystander, and taken to Australia with him. Returned by descendants. It is the only extant record of what must have remained of Dundee’s mediaeval library. Rebound by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1992.

Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de

Don Quixote de la Mancha: The history of the renowned Don Quixote de la Mancha, written by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1930. Sturrock Collection Motteux’s translation revised anew (1743) & corrected rectified and filled up in numberless places by J. Ozell who likewise added the explanatory notes from the best editions in English and Spanish; reprinted with twenty one illustrations by E. Mc Knight Kauffer. 2 vols. Printed by Walter Lewis, printer to the University of Cambridge, on Casinenis hand-made paper. This is number 1338 of a limited edition of 1475 copies. Bound in pig skin

Charter Confirming Disposition

Charter Confirming Disposition in favour of Thomas Anderson, Weaver in Dundee. MS. 1762 Bears the signature of Provost Alexander Riddoch et al.

Chateillon, Sebastian De

imitando Christo, contemnendisque mundi vanitatibus, authore Thoma Kempisio, interprete Sebastiano Castellione. Basileae, 1566? Books 1–3 of De Imitatione Christi rewritten by Sebastian Chateillon in Renaissance Latin, and edited from a Protestant standpoint. Conservation work by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1995

Chinese book.

n.d. James Bowman Lindsay 20 pp. post 8vo.

Cobbett, William

Life and adventures of Peter Porcupine, with other records of his early career in England and America, viz: Life and Adventure, The Scarecrow, Remarks of the Pamphlets, Talleyrand: A Spy, Farewell to America... London: The Nonesuch Press, 1927. Sturrock Collection ...A Court-Martial, A Retrospect, by William Cobbett. octavo. [viii]. 163 [1] pp. frontis. 23 cm. Introduction by G. D. H. Cole. Printed by T. E. A. Constable Ltd., the University Press, Edinburgh, on Arches paper. The text is set in Baskerville type. The frontispiece, after the cartoon by Gillray, is coloured through stencils by the Curwen Press. This is number 409 of an edition limited to 1800 copies.

Cobden, Richard (statesman)

Letter to N.D. McDonald Esq.. MS. 21st July? 1843 At the height of the anti-corn law agitation, Cobden is pleading to be excused from “local contests”, despite his election to freedom of the Guildry. It is easy to sympathise, as Cobden was renowned for his tendency to assume a disproportionate workload, a trait which probably accounted for his early death at the age of 60. Compare this tortured hand with the far more relaxed 1860 letter.

Cobden, Richard (statesman)

Letter to Thomas Smith Esq., President Dundee Chamber of Commerce. MS. Algiers, 31 December 1860 Acknowledgement of notice of a resolution, thanking Cobden for “services in connection with the arrangement of the Treaty of Commerce with France”. This concerns the pinnacle of Cobden’s career, when he negotiated the great free trade agreement with the Emperor Napoleon III. At this period, the negotiations had only just concluded, and Cobden was presumably holidaying in Algiers.

Coleridge, Sara,

the elder (Mrs. S. T. Coleridge)

Minnow among Tritons: Mrs. S. T. Coleridge’s letters to Thomas Poole, 1799–1834. Edited by Stephen Potter. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1934. Sturrock Collection octavo. xxxvi. 186 [6] pp. frontis. 3 plates (1 Facsim.). 23 cm. This is number 39 of an edition limited to 675 copies. Printed by R. & R. Clark Ltd., Edinburgh.

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor

Poems chosen out of the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1896. Sturrock Collection [iv]. 100 pp. 22 cm. Edited by F. S. Ellis, and printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press. Set in the Golden type and printed in black and red (marginal notes throughout). Double page woodcut, plus capitals and ornamental borders. Bound in original limp vellum, with 2 ties and gilt lettering.

Collier, John

The devil and all. [London]: The Nonesuch Press, 1934. Sturrock Collection 124 pp. front. Possession of Angela Bradshaw; The right side; Half way to hell; After the ball; The devil, George and Rosie; Hell hath no fury. Wood engraving by Blair Hughes-Stanton. Limited edition of 1000, of which this copy is no. 437.

Congreve, William

The complete works of William Congreve. Edited by Montague Summers. Soho: The Nonesuch Press, 1923. Sturrock Collection 4 vols. 26 cm. Limited to 900 sets of 4 volumes (nos. 1–75 on English hand-made paper) of which this is number 79. Contents. Vol. I. Introduction; Letters; Incognita; The old batchelour. Vol. II. The double-dealer; Love for love; The Mourning bride. Vol. III. The way of the world; The judgement of Paris; Semele; Squire Trelooby; Humour in comedy; The amendment of Mr. Collier’s false and imperfect citation. Vol. IV. Congreve’s poems; The preface to Dryden; The Tatler.

Cowley, Abraham

The mistress; and other select poems. Edited by John Sparrow. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1926. Sturrock Collection xx. 213 pp. 10.5 in. Printed by R. and R. Clark in Monotype Bodoni on Dutch rag paper. Limited to 1050 copies of which this is number 1021.

Davies, Richard

An account of the convincement, exercises, services and travels of that ancient servant of the lord Richard Davies, with some relation of ancient friends and the spreading of the truth in North-Wales etc. [Newtown, Montgomeryshire]: The Gregynog Press, 1928. Sturrock Collection quarto. [2] xx [2] 162 [6] pp. 22 cm. This is number 136 of an edition of 175 copies, printed by Robert Ashwin Maynard. Compositor was Richard Owen Jones, pressman Herbert John Hodgson.

De foe, Daniel

Memoirs of the Church of Scotland, in four periods, with a preface and notes by the Rev. William Wilson, Carmylie. Perth: James Dewar, 1844 Sir Francis Mudie

De Zoutpansberg Wachter

(English edition).

Pietersburg, 11 April 1901 Propaganda broadsheet. Two thirds of reverse carries an order by the Assistant Provost Marshal, Plumer’s (later Field Marshal Earl Plumer of Messines) Force, notifying the total evacuation of Pietersburg (Transvaal).

Defoe, Daniel see De Foe,

Daniel Dempster, George

The Acc[ount] Book of George Dempster Merchant Dundee. From 1736– 1753 the Time of his Death which I wish to be preserved in my Library as the Source of own Family and for Statistical purposes. MS. Dundee, 1736 MS note on front endpapers from which the title derives is by “George Dempster his namesake and grandson, July 24th 1799”;. [2] 566 pp. 37 cm. Full brown leather binding. Descriptive account of the principal towns in Scotland; to accompany Wood’s Town Atlas. Edinburgh, 1828

Donne, John,

dean of St. Paul’s

Love poems of John Donne; with some account of his life taken from the writings of Izaak Walton. Soho: The Nonesuch Press, 1923 Sturrock Collection xxiii. 91 pp. front. 10.5 in. Printed at the University Press, Oxford, in the 17th century Fell types on Vidalon hand-made paper. Limited to 1250 copies of which this is number 347.

Douglas, Robert

Officer Commanding Fifeshire Regiment of Militia Certificate of discharge in favour of Private William Farmer. Chatham, 1813 William Farmer, a weaver and native of Ceres, was born about 1787. He served in the 34th (Fifeshires) for 10 years prior to his discharge due to “epileptic fits”.

Dowie, Thomas

Logbook kept by Thomas Dowie on board the ships “Hindoostan”, “Dorothy” and “North Pole”. 1832–37 This document records the occurrences on board various vessels during several voyages. Although the period principally covered is the 1830s, there are entries for as early as 1826 and as late as 1846. The entries are written from both ends of the logbook and meet in the middle. Dowie was undoubtedly an experienced member of the crew, and a harpooner. There is some doubt however as to whether this is the ship’s official log or whether he was simply practising for future command. Catches illustrated with whale flukes. Conserved by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1993.

Dundee District Council

Caird Hall autograph book. 1922–1977 First entry is Nellie Melba and last entry is Val Doonican. Last entry but one – coincidentally – Paul Melba.

Dundee Naturalists’ Society

Fourth annual report being for the year 1876–7. Dundee, 1878 Hutton

Dundee Town Council

Declaration of allegiance to William and Mary. Dundee, 1690 Additional signatories September 1691. Document is not complete due to rodent damage. Conserved c. 1992.

Dundee, Perth and London Shipping Company

Bills of lading. Vessels: Courier and Perth. 1827 Donated via Lord Provost William Don.

Durham, Rev. James, M.A.,

Minister of Barony Church, Glasgow Sermons. M.S.. c. 1650 Rev. James Durham (1622–1658) was the eldest son of John Durham, of Grange Durham, Angus (Easter Powrie). Loose insert of a “copie: of a letter [from] Mr. Rutherfoord (Samuel Rutherford, 1600–1661, principal of St. Mary’s College, St Andrews) some few dayes beffor his death” also “Two pious & prophetical Lers of Mr. John Welsh qch hee wrotte out of his prison qhen ye sentence of death was pronounced against him onlie for his testimony against Erastianisme and prelacy, the first to ye Lady Fleeming”; the second is in fact “George Wishart his prophecy”.

East of Scotland Union of Naturalists’ Societies

East of Scotland Union of Naturalists’ Societies Reports 1884 The Union, 1885 Hutton


Ecclesiasticus. The wisdom of Jesus, the son of Sirach: commonly called Ecclesiasticus; collated by A. D. Power. London: The Ashendene Press, 1932. Sturrock Collection quarto. 182 pp. 29 cm. Printed by C. H. St. John Hornby with the help of H. Gage-Cole, Pressman, and A. J. Fisk, compositor. The initial letters in colour are by the hands of Graily Hewitt and his assistants, Ida H. Henstock and Helen E. Hinkley. Printed on hand-made paper and bound in red dyed vellum (with two ties). 250 copies.

Ellis, Havelock Chapman

With illustrative passages.

Bloomsbury: The Nonesuch Press, 1934. Sturrock Collection 2 p.l. 147 pp. 10 in. This edition was designed by Francis Meynell. Printed by Walter Lewis at the University Press, Cambridge with Centaur and Arrighi types on Van Gelder paper. Limited to 700 copies of which this is number 249.

Evelyn, John

Directions for the gardiner at Says-court; but which may be of use for other gardens. Edited by Geoffrey Keynes. [London]: The Nonesuch Press, 1932. Sturrock Collection 109 pp. illus. 8.5 in. Published for the first time in this edition. Designed by Francis Meynell. Printed by Ernest Ingham at the Fanfare Press in the types of Janson on Van Gelder paper. Limited to 800 copies of which this is number 328.

Falconer, C.M.

The writings of Andrew Lang M.A., LL.D. arranged in the form of a bibliography with notes by C.M. Falconer. Dundee: privately printed, 1894 No. 88 of 100 copies printed by Winter, Duncan & Co., and signed by James Duncan.

Farquhar, George

Complete works. Edited by Charles Stonehill. Bloomsbury: The Nonesuch Press, 1930. Sturrock Collection 2 vols. 10.5 in. Printed by William Brendon and Son Ltd., Plymouth. Limited to 900 sets of two volumes on machine made paper, numbered 101 to 1000, and 100 sets on English hand made paper numbered 1 to 100. This set is number 972. Vol. 1 Introduction; Love and a bottle; The constant couple; Sir Harry Wildair; The inconstant; The twin rivals. Vol. 2 The stage coach; The recruiting officer; The beaux stratagem; The adventures of Covent Garden; Miscellaneous prose and poetry; Correspondence.

Frantze, Wolfgang

Historia animalium sacra. Amstelredami, 1665 Sir Francis Mudie Editio novissima.

Gardiner, William

Botanical repository. MS. 1831–1835 A large foolscap volume of over 1000 pages in neat copper plate with page decorations. It is notable for the numerous exquisite pen and ink hand-tinted illustrations. Many are after the style of Botanical Magazine, but some others are incorporated within the text. There are in addition a few engravings, cut and pasted. There are other titles within the volume, including ’Journal of Natural History’. Conservation work and rebinding by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1995.

Gardiner, William

Botanical rambles in Braemar in 1844; with an appendix on Forfarshire botany. Dundee: printed by James Duff, 1845 Hutton 12o. pp. [iv], 51, [1]. Bound in with ’The flora of Forfarshire’ by the same author, catalogued elsewhere.

Gardiner, William

The flora of Forfarshire. London: Brown, Green, and Longmans etc., 1848 Hutton Also published inter alia by F. Shaw and W. Middleton, Dundee. Printed by McCosh, Park and Dewars of Dundee. 12o. pp. [4], xxiv, 308. 18.5 cm.. First two leaves include 2 samples and an engraved illus- tration. There is also an engraved plate (by G. Cumming of Dundee) opposite p. 54. Extensive annotations and marginal comments by some previous owner, probably Alex. Hutton of Arbroath. There is also a loose hand-drawn map of Clova region, plus some newspaper cuttings, two of which have been pasted inside the covers. Bound in with this work, by the same author is: ’Botanical rambles in Braemar in 1844’ catalogued elsewhere.

Gardiner, William

Twenty lessons on British mosses. Second series. Illustrated with twenty-five specimens. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, etc., 1849 Hutton 120. pp. [viii], 58, [2]. 19cm.. Also published inter alia by F. Shaw; W. Middleton; J. Chalmers, Dundee. Printed by J. Duff, Dundee. Signature of Alexander Hutton, Dundee 1849 on flyleaf.


twelve woodcuts by Paul Nash with the first chapter of Genesis in the authorised version. Soho: The Nonesuch Press, 1924. Sturrock Collection 2 p. 1 (13) illus. 10.75 in. Cuts are printed from the wood and the text is in Rudolf Koch’s Neuland type on Zanders paper. Limited to 375 copies of which this is number 344.

Glas, John

The testimony of the king of martyrs, concerning his kingdom: John xviii, 36, 37. Explained and illustrated in scripture light. By John Glas, late minister of the gospel at Tealing, near Dundee. 1729 [4], x, 281 [1] pp. 16 cm. The volume was rebound in 1833. A new title-page, first leaf of preface and final leaf of the text were substituted for the lost originals.

Glover Trade MS records, 1566–1797

The records are mainly of the registration of apprentices to the masters of the trade, but it also includes the accounts of the various Deacons, and a list of acts and statutes of the craft. The book is bound in leather covered wooden boards and part of the iron lock remains, with the imprint of the hasp mounting clearly visible on the rear cover. In 1872, A.J. Warden found only references to this book, and it was therefore probably lost to sight for about 180 years before being donated to the library by Mr. Bryan Lindsay, 51 Mains Loan, Dundee. Chief Librarian’s report to Committee, dated July 1976, is in the MS catalogue. Conserved c. 1990.

Gordon , Robert, of Straloch

Vice comitatus Aberdonia et Bamfia, una cum regionibus & terrarum tractibus sub iis comprehensis. A description of the two shyres Aberdene and Banf, with such countreys…comprehended under them. Amsterdam: Johan Blaeu, n.d. [1654?] From the Latin edition, probably of ’Atlas Novus’.

Gordon, Robert, of Straloch

Newe Beschreibung von Fife durch Robert Gordonium. Fifae pars occidentalis, the west part of Fife. Amsterdam: Johan Blaeu, n.d. [1654?] This sheet is from the German edition of either Atlas Novus (1654), or Atlas Maior (1662). Differs substantially from imprint illustrated in ’The Mapping of Scotland’, John Bartholomew, 1971.

Graham, John

Viscount Dundee Letter. 1689 A hasty campaign despatch, probably written during the last few weeks of Dundee’s life. The text reads: ’Sir, Thes day I receved a letter of yours writ the last of may. I admer it was so loing of coming to me I hop the men hes ben with you to recue the oxen what mony thay ar mor let me know and you shall have it for gave thes truball from sir your assured frind and servant. J. Dundie Juni 21 (?24) [1689]’.

Graham, John

Viscount Dundee Receipt. MS facsimile. 1689 Hay, Charters and Documents, p. 114.

Guillandeau lawsuit.

n.d. [159?] Fragment of a manuscript. The document has ben clipped at both edges, at least 2–3 words have been lost in each line, but enough survives to give the gist. It dates from the reign of Henry IV, and probably from the 1590s, but without further research on the specifics of the lawsuit discussed, it is impossible to narrow the date down further. Transcription 1. [Henri par la Gr]ace de dieu Roy de France et de Navarre Au premier nostredit huissier ou sergent Surce requis Salut de la partie de maitre Pierre Guillandeau. 2. …presidial de nostredite ville de la Rochelle nous a este expose que depuis le proces conclud et receu pour Juger en nostredit court de parlement de paris entre… 3. …Sentence donnee par le gouverneur de nostredite ville de la rochelle ou son heritier dune part et Anne guillandeau sa soeur Inthimee dautre [part]… 4. …guillandeau Se seroict mariee de sorte quelle ne peult plus de son chef procedder audit proces par escript Sans auctorizacion Requierant a ces… 5. …[on] lettres de provision Pource est Il que nous Te mandons et Commettons par ces presentes A la Requeste dudit exposant Adjournee a certain Jour 6. …[J]our de Juillet A Paris Le Mary de ladite Anne guillandeau Pour venir prodedder audit proces avec sadicte femme Ainsy que de Raison due Outre… 7. …faire qu’apres Commandement de par nous A Tous notaires tabellions greffiers comme autres personnes don’t seras requis de te exhiber comme represent[…] 8. …[co]ntracts obligations Instruments Registres papiers comme autres actes don’t Lexposant sentent ayder audit proces et dIcelles pieces en faire extraicts vidimus… 9. …Collations Les parties advises… Translation Henry by the Grace of God King of France and Navarre to our first usher or sergent Greetings. Maitre Pierre Guillandeau [an officer?] in our presidial court of La Rochelle has drawn to our attention the lawsuit received for judgement at the court of Parliament at Paris between…sentence given by the governor of La Rochelle or his heir, on the one part, and Anne Guillandeau his [i.e. Pierre’s] sister, the respondent, on the other part…Guillandeau has married and so can no longer proceed in this case on her own behalf without authorisation, requiring…letters of provision [a deed conferring title]. Accordingly we order and command you by these presents on the request of the petitioner to summon the husband of the said Anne Guillandeau to come with his wife Anne on a specific day…day of July at Paris, to proceed with the action…and following our command, all notaries, tabellions [notaries] and greffiers [clerks of court] and others to be obliged to show you…contracts, obligations, instruments, registers, papers and other acts which the petitioner thinks helpful in this lawsuit and have made extracts, vidimus [attested copies] and collations of the necessary sections… Transcription and translation by Dr. Alison Rosie, Scottish Record Office, September 1996.

Hamilton, George Rostover, Ed.

The Greek portrait; an anthology of English verse translations from the Greek poets, Homer to Meleager, with the corresponding Greek text. Illustrated by Mariette Lydis. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1934. Sturrock Collection 235 pp. 3. pls. 11 in. Printed by J. van Krimpen at the press of Enschede en Zonen, Haarlem, on Pannekock paper in the Fleischman Greek and Lutetia types. Designed by Francis Meynell. Limited to 425 copies of which this is number 9.

Hammond, Henry D.D.

A Pacifick Discourse of God’s Grace and Decrees in a letter...to... Dr. Robert Sanderson. London: R.Royston, 1660 Conserved c.1990. In the “List of books on exhibition in Reference Library. Removed to Safe. 11th April 1941”, this work was supposed to have been “saved when the Dundee Library was consumed at the burning of the Churches in January, 1841”.

Harvey, Dr. William

The anatomical exercises of Dr. William Harvey. De Motu cordis 1628. De circulatione Sanguinis 1649. The first English text of 1653 now newly edited by Geoffrey Keynes... London: The Nonesuch Press, [1928]. Sturrock Collection xvi. 202 pp. illus. Printed by Joh. Enschede en Zonen, with the types of Joan Michael Fleischman, and of Christopher van Dijck on Dutch paper. The illustration was engraved by C. Sigrist after a drawing by Stephen Gooden. Limited to 1450 copies of which this copy is number 687.

Harvey, William see Street literature
Herbert, George

The temple; sacred poems and private ejaculations... London: The Nonesuch Press, 1927. Sturrock Collection x. 213 pp. front.(port.) 10 in. Printed from the manuscript in the Bodleian Library. Printed by the Chiswick Press in Janson type. Limited to 1500 copies of which this is number 649.


Herodiani historici Graeci libri octo ab Angelo Politiano latinitate donati. Paris: Simon de Colines, 1539 ff. [16], 102 [2]. 8to. aa–bb8, a–n8 [$4 signed]. Errors in foliation: 37 for 43; 85 for 45; 48 for 84. Herodiani hi- / STORICI GRAECI LIBRI / OCTO AB ANGELO POLITIA= / NO LATINITATE DONATI. / QUIBUS accessit in singulos libro EPITOME / Iacobi Omphalii Andernaci: authoris vita : & / de Romana historia queda scitu no indigna. / [device 61 x 42 mm. – see below] / PARISIIS / Ex officina Simonis Colinaei. / 1539 The device consists of a figure, half man half winged beast, carrying a scythe to symbolise time, and standing on a plinth with the word TEMPUS inscribed on it. There is also the motto: hanc aciem sola retundit virtus (virtue alone withstands this blade). This is an early version of the Simon de Colines device. Contemporary brown calf, severely damaged but now incorporated within a restored binding. Gilt lettering “THOMAS MAKGIBBON” on the front. There is also a signature on the title page: Jacobus Robertsone pastor Deodonensis. Bound in with Institutiones Oratoriae q.v.

Histoire geographique de la Novelle Ecosse.

A. Londres, 1755. viii, 164 pp. 17 cm. Different edition of the two prefaces, paginated iii-vi, inserted between pages 158 and 159. Manuscript note on card affixed to the fly-leaf reads: “First French edition. Presented to Lord Provost Powrie on his visit to Orleans May 1948, by Henri Margottin” .

Holinshed, Raphael

The second volume of the chronicles: conteining the description, conquest, inhabitation, and troublesome estate of Ireland. 1586 Title page indicates the addition of “the description and historie of Scotland...as appeareth in pag. 405:&c. By F.T.” [Francis Thynne]. In fact there is a conventionally paginated (23 p.) version of this work in the William Harrison translation. It appears to be a censored edition. There is early graffitti, particularly on the flyleaf. An inserted note states that the autographs have been authenticated by the British Museum as those of John Graham, Viscount Dundee (“Bonnie Dundee”).

Holy Bible.

This Bible is known as the “He and She” Bible printed in the year 1613. There is a curious “error” in the 15th verse of the 3rd chapter of the book of Ruth. The word “He” is printed instead of “She”. “He” is however a correct translation from the Hebrew.

Hood, Thomas

poet Letters written by Thomas Hood, his sister, daughter and son, and addressed to Mrs. Keay, Ferry-Port-on-Craig (aunt of T.H.) and others. 1815– 1845 There are 14 originals, all of which have been transcribed. This archive is of national importance, and should only be consulted/issued where constant supervision can be maintained.

Hoppus, E

Surveyor to the Corporation of the London Assurance Practical measuring made easy to the meanest capacity, by a new set of tables. London: printed for E. Wicksteed, 1754 Sir Francis Mudie Fourth edition.

Hudson, William Henry

153 letters from W. H. Hudson. Edited and with an introduction and explanatory notes by Edward Garnett. Soho: The Nonesuch Press, 1923. Sturrock Collection [iv]. 191 [3] pp. pen sketch. 26 cm. Photograph of W. H. Hudson on title page by Opie, Redruth. Limited to 1000 copies of which this is number 632. Bound in brown leather.

Institutiones oratoriae

Paris, 1544 A–E8 [$4 signed). ff. 38 (2). Institutiones / ORATORIAE / [device 39 x 28 mm. – a T, a coiled snake and 2 hands] / PARISIIS, / Apud Iacobum Bogardum, sub insi- / gni D. Christophori. / 1544. A–E8 [$4 signed]. ff. 38 [2]. Watermarks on A7; B5,8; C5,8; D6; E5,8. Cham lines vertical 18–22 mm. So far unable to establish the authorship of this piece.

Instrument of Sasine

Instrument of Sasine in favour of Alexander Davie of the Half of the Roods & Tenements within mentioned [Hilltown] ?ading on a Disposition by Thomas Davie flesher in Glamis. MS. 1768

Jamieson, Rev. Robert

The excitement; or a book to induce young people to read. MDCCCXXXVIII. Being the ninth of the series. Edited by the Rev. Robert Jamieson. Edinburgh: John Johnstone; London: Simpkin, Marshall and Co., 1838. [ii] 414 pp. 6 steel engravings. frontis missing. 15 cm. Publisher’s binding by Remnant and Edmonds of London.

John, Chrysostom, Saint

Patriarch of Constantinople Sancti patris Ioannis Chrysostomi Archiepiscopi Constantinopoleos Expositio perpetua In novum Iesu Christi Testamentum Graece ac Latine e MSS. Illustr. Bibliothecarum Palatinae, Bauarae, Augustanae... 1603 ...Pistorianae. Accedit Commentarius Andreae Caesariensis in D. Ioannis Apocalypsin. In Bibliopolio Commeliniano. Conservation work and rebinding by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1995.

Jones, Andrew, M.A.

Doomsday; or, the great day of the Lord drawing nigh...[A sermon on Matthew xxiv. 29 etc.] 21st. edition, with additions, by Andrew Jones, M.A. London: printed by J. W. for Eliz. Andrews, 1667. Consists of one gathering A sup. 8 (A3, A4 signed) 8 ll.; A1 sup. a: half-title, A1 sup. b: portrait, A2 sup. a: title-page, A2 sup. b: publisher’s announcement, A3 sup. a – A8 sup. b: text. Introductory matter and biblical quotations in the text set in roman type, text in black letter. The leaves are now all disjunct and have been skilfully pasted into a larger page which acts as a “picture frame”. The size of the original page varies between 125 and 129 mm. x 81 mm. The size of the backing page is 190 x 122mm. Twenty nine lines to the full page plus catchword 117 (122) x 73 mm. 7 point Gothic; 81 mm. for 20 lines of type. The printer J. W. is possibly John Winter who was examined in 1668 for printing Roman Catholic books and further prosecuted by the Stationers Company for operating without a license; see Plomer, Henry R. A dictionary of printers and booksellers 1668–1725, p. 319. Not in Lowndes. This edition not in B.M. Half-bound in black leather, paper on boards.

Jones, Owen

The Grammar of ornament. Illustrated by examples from various styles of ornament. One hundred folio plates drawn on stone by F. Bedford, and printed in colours by Day and Son. London: Day and Son, 1856 [Essays on the ornament of the Renaissance and the Italian period by M. D. Wyatt etc.]

Josephus, Flavius

The whole works of Flavius Josephus translated into English by Sir Roger L’Estrange, Knight. Dundee: Henry Galbraith, 1766

Keats, John

The poems of John Keats. Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1894. Sturrock Collection [viii]. 384 [8] pp. Overseen after the text of of foregoing editions by F. S. Ellis, and printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press. Printed in black and red on hand made paper. Set in the Golden Type. Double page woodcut, and capital letters. Bound in original limp vellum, with 2 linen ties and gilt lettering. Edition limited to 300 copies.

Kinloch, George

Kinloch, George Letter. MS 1829

Knox, John

An answer to a great number of blasphemous cavillations. [Geneva]: J. Crespin, 1560. octavo. 454 pp. 16 cm. AN ANSWER / TO A GREAT NUMBER / of blasphemous cavillations written by an / Anabaptist, and adversarie to Gods eternal / Predestination. / AND CONFUTED / By Iohn Knox, minister of Gods worde / in Scotland. / Wherein the Author so discovereth the craft and falsho- / de of that sect, that the godly knowing that error, / may be confirmed in the trueth by the evident Wor- / de of God. / [printer’s device of John Crespin: 2 hands clasping an anchor, with a snake around its shaft and letters IC] / PROV. XXX. / There is a generatio sup. n that are pure in their own co sup. n ceit, and / yet are not washed from their filthines. / Printed by Iohn Crespin. / M. D. LX. The upper case “W” of “answer” is of a different, smaller sort to the other capitals in the line. The title-page of this copy also contains the signature of John Erskine of Dun. The volume collates as follows: A-CC sup. 8, DD sup. 6, EE sup. 8, FF sup.4 [$4 (- Kii, viii signed.]. There are several errors in the pagination: 179 for 170; 221 for 211; 22 for 220; 136 for 236; 226 for 266; 363 for 367; 355 for 375. The preface is set in a larger font of Roman type than the text. There are side notes in italic type throughout and this copy also has occasional manuscript underlinings and marginal notes. The paper is discoloured white with extensive staining. Marbled end-papers; binding brown calf. The spine bears the words “KNOX ON PREDEST.” and the date “1560” in gold lettering. STC NO. 15060

L’Estrange, Sir Roger

The whole works of Flavius Josephus translated into English by Sir Roger L’Estrange, Knight. Dundee: Henry Galbraith, 1766

Lamb, A.C.

Dundee its quaint and historic buildings. Dundee: George Petrie, Nethergate, 1895 Conserved Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1992

Lang, Andrew, M.A., LL.D.,

scholar and author Poems, songs and verses by Andrew Lang hitherto uncollected transcribed by C.M. Falconer and revised by Andrew Lang. c. 1904 This book is unique and of national importance (see D.N.B. 1912–1921).

Laver, James A

stitch in time; or Pride prevents a fall. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1927. Sturrock Collection 27pp. 10.5 in. Limited to 1525 numbered [copies] of which this is number 56.

Lawrence, David Herbert

Love among the haystacks; and other pieces. With a reminiscence by David Garnett. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1930. Sturrock Collection xiii. 96 pp. 9.5 in. Contents: A reminiscence by David Garnett; Love among the haystacks; A chapel among the mountains; A hay hut among the mountains; Once. Printed in Caslon mono type on Auvergne handmade paper at the Curwen Press. Limited to 1600 copies of which this is number 939.

Lawrence, Thomas Edward

Seven pillars of wisdom a triumph. 1926 First edition in slip case. With maps and illustrations by Augustus John, Eric Kennington, William Roberts, Blair Hughes-Stanton, Paul Nash and others.

Lee, Joseph

Poems. MS. 1916 Field Service Correspondence Book (Army Book 152) filled chiefly with poetry. “Opened on 23rd June 1916”, (one week before the Somme).

Letters to John Ogilvy. MS.

These are principally short, even curt, replies to various political observations on the part of Ogilvy. Includes: Rosebery; Bismarck; Dilke; Labouchere.

Letters to Messrs. Norwood etc.,

solicitors, of Charing, Kent, or to individual members of the practice. MS. 1791–1834 24 letters on hand made paper with some fragments of seals. A typescript analytical entry is contained with the letters. Copies sent to Debbie Saunders, Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone, Kent, 25.5.95.

Leycester, John

The Civil Warres of England briefly related from his Majesties first setting up his standard 1641...collected by John Leycester. London: printed for John Hancock..., 1649. [xxx], 174 pp. 20 cm. 12 engravings: “the lively pourtraitives of the several Commanders” by Josiah Ricroft. Front board detached; binding loose.

Lindley, John

The treasury of botany: a popular dictionary of the vegetable kingdom; with which is incorporated a glossary of botanical terms. Edited by John Lindley... and Thomas Moore...assisted by numerous contributors... London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1876 Hutton ...Illustrated by numerous woodcuts by Fitch and Branston and steel engravings by Adlard. New and revised edition, with supplement. 2 vols 20 plates. 17 cm. Printed by Ballantyne and Co. Edinburgh and London.

Lindsay, James Bowman

[Scots?] vocabulary. MS. n.d. James Bowman Lindsay 30 pp. sm. 4to.

Lindsay, James Bowman

A survey of the Principia of Newton. MS. n.d. James Bowman Lindsay 20 pp. 4to.

Lindsay, James Bowman

Dictionary of 50 languages. 1828 James Bowman Lindsay Conserved Tom Valentine, 1992.

Lindsay, James Bowman

Dictionary Anglo-Scottish. MS. n.d. James Bowman Lindsay 92 pp. sm. 4to.

Lindsay, James Bowman

Dictionary, English – Madgascar (sic). MS. n.d. James Bowman Lindsay 4 pp. 4to. (of which only 2 pp. contain text).

Lindsay, James Bowman

Lecture on the electric telegraph. [provisional title] n.d. James Bowman Lindsay My object in the present lecture is not to give a general description of Electricity but to confine myself almost exclusively to the electric Telegraph, and as electricity and magnetism are so dependant on each other that if we have the one we can produce the other, the history of these two powers may be joined together. The earliest account of magnetism is to be found in the history of that wonderful people the Chinese, and as the account of it that history is not so far as I know to be found in any of our treatises on magnetism, I shall give it in full. In the 6th year of Ching Wang who began to reign BC 1115 messengers came from the kingdom Yue Chang Shi and brought presents and did homage to this Emperor. This kingdom was situated to the south of Kiao Chi or of Cochin China. In return for such homage and presents the Emperor sent, among other things, five chariots of a new invention. The course was indicated by means of a small box made in the form of a dome and it contained a hand that always pointed to the south. The chariot was called on this account Chi Nan, the Chariot of the South. This machine was of great use to the messengers of Yue Chang Shi, for after arriving at the kingdom of Fu Nan Lin on the sea coast they went on board vessels and by means of this needle were only one year in returning to their kingdom. Such is the description given by all the historians of China and I see no reason to doubt of its truth. The same Emperor Ching Wang and his prime minister Chou Kung, about a year after this erected a gnomon in order to obtain the different altitudes of the Sun. This gnomon was 8 feet high and the shadow of the sun at noon on the day of the summer solstice was 1 ft 5 2/3 inch, at the noon of the winter solstice it was 13 ft 1 1/3 inch, and on the days of the equinox this shadow was 7 ft 3 1/2 inch. These measurements have been verified by Laplace and serve at the same time to authenticate the Chinese history and to prove the gradual diminution of ecliptic obliquity. From this too an argument might be drawn, were it necessary, [for?] the truth of the history of the magnetic compass. The subsequent history of electricity and magnetism is given in common treatises and we may pass at once to the famous discovery of Oersted. This electrician was making a series of experiments on the connection of Electricity and magnetism an about the end of the year 1819 found that when the circuit was completed by the wires from the zinc and copper ends of a galvanometer Battery, the magnetic needle placed above or below the wire was deflected. Between this discovery & the year 1830 there were many that cultivated this science and there was a successive series of remarkable discoveries. The names of Faraday, Watkins, Ampere, Barlow, Marsh, Sturgeon, De la Rive, Vanden Boss, Ritchie, Nobili & Arago hold a distinguished place among these discoveries. It was in 1830 or 31 that I turned my particular attention to Electricity and I then formed an idea of applying it to Mechanical power, Illumination, & Telegraphic communication. I formed the idea of the modern Telegraph in 1832 . Having kept no note of dates I wrote to David Peter Esq. who was a member of the family in which I was then located, enquiring if he could assist me in the dates, and if he could remember what I then stated concerning the Telegraph – to which enquiry I received the following letter -------------------------------------------------------- I may mention that Mr Peter strong interest in my experiments and often assisted me. A patent for the first Telegraph was taken out by Wheatstone and Cooke in 1837 so that I must have formed the idea of it 4 or 5 years before this, but having resolved to get a constant electric light first the Telegraph was postponed. I obtained a constant electric light in 1835 and devoted a year or two to bring it to perfection. My first public Lecture on it was in this Hall on Jan 15 1836. After this I made many experiments and sent intelligence through water this submarine Telegraph was I think about 2 years in advance of any other. For the last 6 or 8 years I have scarcely made any experiments in Electricity till a few weeks ago. I then proceeded to examine if it was possible to send it through water without a wire – an idea that I had formed about 10 or 15 years ago. On this subject I have made many experiments and from these I have the most perfect conviction that no submarine wires are necessary. Many experiments require still to made before this mode of communication is perfected, but no doubt whatever exists as to the transmission. I shall localize the case in order to render it more intelligible. Suppose a wire connected with the copper end of the battery to be led down to the shore and connected with a sheet of metal laid in the river. Suppose a wire from the zink end taken to Brought Ferry and soldered to a metallic plate placed also in the river. Suppose similar plates laid in the river on the Fife side at Newport & South Ferry, and these are joined by a wire having in its course one or more Telegraphs. Suppose now that a charge of Electricity is sent through the wire on the Dundee side, this current may make its circuit from Broughty Ferry to Dundee or by a leap of two miles across the river to the other wire at South ferry and another leap of 2 miles from Newport to Dundee. In such a case I have found that part of the electricity does not go across & part of it does, but the part that does go across is sufficient to work one or 10,000 Telegraphs. I at first supposed that the two plates on the same side must be distant more than the sum of the two breadths of the river, or that that the longitudinal leap must exceed the [across?] leaps but experiments have shown that this is not necessary; a greater quantity of Electricity however goes across by increasing the distance of the north side or south side plates from each other On a larger scale the wire from the copper end of the Telegraph in London may be conveyed to west most part of Pembrokeshire in Wales and there terminate in submerged sheet of zink. Opposite this at Wexford in Ireland, distant about 40 miles let there be a sheet of copper whose connecting wire passes through Ireland and concludes in a sheet of zink at Belfast. Across at Portpatrick, distant about 20 miles is another sheet of copper whose wire passes along the west coast of Scotland. The sum of the leaps across the Irish Sea is about 60 or 70 miles while the longitudinal leap is nearly 200 and hence the greater portion of the Electricity will go across. The wire carried to the north of Scotland may be brought south along the E Coast. There may be a leap across the Tay at Broughty Ferry or Dundee over to a wire which is led to the Forth and the Humber returns by its wire to the zink in London. On a still larger scale suppose a wire is led from the copper end of a Telegraph in London terminating in in a sheet of zink placed in the sea at Dover, and another wire from the zink end conducted to Lizard Point in Cornwall joined to a sheet of copper thrown into the sea. On the French coast a sheet of copper is placed in the sea at Calais & another of zink at Brest and these sheets also connected by a wire with Telegraphs. Here the sum of the cross leaps is 120 miles while the coast leap or longitudinal leap is 320 miles. The greater portion of Electricity will go across & the Telegraph in London might work thousands aid of the marine or oceanic battery. At advantage might be taken of the submerged wires already in existence across to Dover, or the intelligence without a submarine wire might be conveyed across in the manner already proposed. I would recommend that these submerged wires should be if possible retained. A less powerful battery is in this way necessary as a great deal of Electricity is often lost by the submersion of the plates. I would also recommend , not as indefensibly necessary but as in many respects advantageous, that a pair of submerged wires should pass across Bearings Straits. These insulated wires should pass from East Cape in Siberia to the island being a distance of only 30 miles; from to 5 miles; hence to Fairway rock 10 miles; and across to America 20 miles. These submerged wires could be taken up if necessary as the greatest depth does not exceed 32 fathoms. When a current of Electricity is sent through an uninterrupted wire that proceeds from the copper and returns to the kink, this current can be made to move in either direction with equal impetus. The same effect would take place were the submerged sheets all of copper instead of kink and copper alternately. The alternate arrangement of these marine or oceanic sheets greatly assist and promote the current when it moves in one direction but they equally impede and retard it when it moves in the other. Were the sheets all of copper they would neither promote nor retard the current in either direction, but simply conduct what part of it they got. As, however, a quantity is lost by each submerged plate, it might ultimately become so feeble as to be unable to move the needle (This transcript of James Bowman Lindsay’s notebook is incomplete and unedited. It is provided in advance of the J. B. Lindsay centenary in the interests of research and private study. The transcript was produced by Leslie A. Mackenzie, and is the copyright of Dundee City Council, 1998).

Lindsay, James Bowman

Lecture on electricity. MS. n.d. James Bowman Lindsay 12 pp. post 8vo. We shall now attempt to pull aside the curtain of futurity and get a glance of the coming feats and destinies of Electricity Intelligence from Australia instead of 3 months will arrive in as many minutes and we may hold personal conversation with our friends at the N Zealand antipodes. The ship in the middle of the Ocean may be assailed by the united force of the winds and the waves. The billows may appear to rise to heaven and the cavities descend to the bottom of the sea. The tortured vessel may reel to & fro like a drunkard and every moment ready to become a prey to the angry waters. The passengers and crew are confounded. One after another the masts and sails give way and the helm is shivered into fragments. Left to the mercy of the winds. The illfated bark is dashed in pieces on the rock or is stranded in the sand. Occurrences such as these are by no means rare and even steamers are not proof against the stormy elements.Electricity alone defies them and smiles at their fury. Sent from the copper it circumnavigates the world, and ere we have made one inspiration, is back to its zink. The net work of wire is destined to be spread above or interred beneath the surface of the earth. A spark and a signal shall be sent from the battery of H Despotism and Barbarism cannot stand in its presence; superstition and ignorance shall flee before it. With a voice that shall reach the antipodes it shall proclaim the wrongs and the groans of the Madiai and register the stripes inflicted on the illtreated slave. That archfiend of God and man that sits enthroned in the city of the 7 hills shall tremble at its approach, and its revelations will enfeeble the knees of the Austrian Tyrant. China, strewed with Telegraphy shall be no longer insulated, and the darkness of Brahmanism fade before the light. The imposture of the prophet of Arabia will become known to his followers, and their affections will be turned from the son of Ishmael to the son of Isaac. The senseless tales of Buddha will be found a caricatured account and a parody of the Sage & Prophet that lived and died and lived again in Judea, and the Chinese sages be forced to exclaim – A greater than Confucius is here. The electric postman will leap from island to island in the southern ocean and extricate their minds from their erratic labyrinths. It will inflict a mortal wound on the anthropophogism of Papua, and the gales of Japan will be found unable to resist its ingress. In the twinkling of an eye it will waft its story from the [Yenisei?] to Caffreland and form Pekin to Washington. The far spread groups of Siberia will hold frequent converse, and they will be warmed by a wire across the Himmaleh. The scattered sons of Adam will thus be reunited in a single family, and they will read with horror the black catalogue of their [red?] hostilities. Their swords shall then be turned into ploughshares & their spears into pruninghooks, and the other implements of war exhibited in the museum as a specimen of byegone barbarism. No more shall violence be heard in the land; wasting and destruction shall be kept aloof from the united family. The suckling child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child place his hand on the [baselisk’s?] den. This happy era is drawing on apace, and the Telegraph must be regarded as a boon from Heaven to prepare for its arrival. The Continental storms may yet wax louder and louder, and we may have to wade to the land of promise through reddened streams But happiness is the more highly appreciated when contrasted with misery, & the light of day with nocturnal darkness. The telescope has penetrated space & revealed to us phenomena, magnitudes and motions of bodies distant many millions of miles. The examination of the [rocks?] has detected organisms that lived and died, before our Epoch, myriads of years. The microscope has descried countless crowds of vitalized existences unknown to our forefathers. The mind is enraptured with such sublime views, and spontaneous praise and wonder ascends from the unbiassed heart to the Maker of them all. Magnificent, however , as such views are, those displayed by Electricity are scarcely their inferior, perhaps the opposite. No telescope has told us if the other bodies of our system be tenanted by rational animations and even if it were so, no signalling might be contrived that could be rendered intelligible. No human mind can lay a wire from [Tellus?] to Neptune or make the amber [courser?] leap from Mercury to Uranus. 30 years ago, however, Electricity was found to be the cause of magnetism, and it may be proved in less than 30 years that gravitation is occasioned by it. The existence and stability of our solar system, and of all other systems, will then be seen to depend on it, and the sublime phenomena & motions obey its laws. Were all this the case, our ideas of it would be exalted to the uppermost but it would still be a creation unintelligent & insensible to our laudation, deaf to our entreaties and unable to deliver us; and our exclusive homage must ever be directed to the Author of gravitation, the Creator of Electricity. (This transcript of James Bowman Lindsay’s notebook is incomplete and unedited. It has been provided in advance of the J. B. Lindsay centenary, in the interests of research and private study. The transcript was produced by Leslie A. Mackenzie, and is the copyright of Dundee City Council, 1998).

Lindsay, James Bowman

Mathematical jottings. MS. n.d. James Bowman Lindsay 1 p. 4to.

Lindsay, James Bowman

Mathematical jottings. MS. n.d. James Bowman Lindsay 32pp. 4to.

Lindsay, James Bowman

Lindsay, James Bowman Mathematical jottings. MS. n.d. James Bowman Lindsay 1 p. 4to.

Lindsay, James Bowman

Notebook of experiments on wireless telegraphy, together with a portrait (photograph). MS n.d. James Bowman Lindsay With newscuttings.

Lindsay, James Bowman

Plan of a fortress. MS fragment. n.d. James Bowman Lindsay 1 p. 4to.

Lindsay, James Bowman

Tables of Jupiter’s Satelites (sic) (1st Satelite). Epoch A.D. 1800 January 0d 0h 0m New Style. n.d. James Bowman Lindsay 8 pp. sm. 4to. Contains the following texts also: 1) The Hermit of Warkworth (poem). 2) New moons in 1847. 3) Example 1st by Burckhardt’s Tables of the Moon Required the Moon’s Longitude Latitude [?] August 14th 1847. 4) Example Required to calculate an eclipse of the Moon in April A.D. 1121. 5) Example an eclipse of Moon in A.D. 904... 6) Example Required to calculate an eclipse of the Moon in A.D. 1117...

Lindsay, James Bowman

The chrono-astrolabe: containing a full set of astronomic tables, with rules and examples for the calculation of eclipses and other celestial phenomena; ... Dundee: Messrs. Middleton, Chalmers, Shaw and Stephen / Edinburgh: Ogle and Murray / London: H. G. Bohn, 1858 James Bowman Lindsay ...comprising also plane and spherical trigonometry, and the most copious list of ancient eclipses ever published; connected with these, the dates of ancient events are exactly determined, and the authenticity of Hebrew, Greek, Roman and Chinese writings is demonstrated. 152 pp. xxxvi. 22 cm. There is a photograph of the author pasted on to the inside of the front cover, and several press cuttings (in memoriam, funeral notices etc.concerning Lindsay) pasted on to the end papers and the verso of the half title, in addition to several loose press cuttings. The volume is dedicated to Lord Lindsay, and the title page bears the MS. dedication “To Mr. Alex. Hutton with the author’s best respects”.

Lindsay, James Bowman

Tongan dictionary. MS. n.d. James Bowman Lindsay 56 pp. 8vo.

Linschoten, Jan Huygen von

Histoire de la Navigation de Jean Hugues de Linschot Hollandois: Aux Indes Orientales. Amsterdam: Evert Cloppenburgh, 1638 (bibliographic symbol to be determined)4, A-2Q6, 2R6 (- 2R456) [$4(-(bibliographic symbol to be determined)4, C4, G4, V2, 2Q4) signed] = 241 ll. 2C2 is missigned as GC2. pp. [8] 1–206; [4], 1–181, [1]; [2], 1–60, 67–86. (214 + 186 + 82 pp.) Occasional misnumbering of pages. Histoire de la navigation de Jean Hugues de Linschot Hollandois; aux Indes Orientales. Contenant diverses descriptions des lieux jusqu’a present descouverts par les Portugais...Avec annotations de B. Paludanus...Troisieme edition augmentee (Le grand routier de mer de Jean Hugues de Linschot...contenant une instruction des routes et cours qu’il convient tenit en la navigation des Indes Orientales...traduit de Flamenq en Francais. Description de l’Amerique et des parties d’icelle...Avec une carte geographique de l’Amerique Australe etc.) 3 pt. The work is in 3 distinct parts each with separate pagination and title page, the engraved title pages of parts 1 and 2 being the same. There is a frontispiece (port.). Part 1 has 36 plates and 5 maps (double page and folding); Part 3 has one folding map. The plates are not in the order specified in the contents list, not necessarily facing the pages indicated, but the only two which are definitely missing are nos. 25 and 36. Captions in Dutch and Latin. Bound in vellum-backed boards with 2 linen ties. This copy was presented by James Kinloch Esq., Netherton of Craigie, in 1922. It also contains the bookplate of James Lumsden of Glasgow.


– Church of Scotland [Book of common order].

The CL psalmes of david in meitir; with the forme of prayeris usit in the Kirk of Scotland. Middleburgh: Richard Schilders, 1599. A–O sup. 8, sup. 2 A–Cc sup. 8, a–h sup. 8 [$4 (–A1, 2, sup. 2 F4, sup. 2 L3) signed] = 384 ll. pp. [xxii], 200 [2]; 409 [7]; 127 [1]. Missignings A2 for B2; c3 for b3; d4 for c4. Numerous errors in pagination. General title-page missing; separate title-pages for psalms and catechism. Contents: A1 title (missing); A2 sup. a: ane almanacke; A2 sup. b – B2 sup. a: calender, epacte etc.; B2 sup. b – B3 sup. b: contents; B4 sup. a – 07 sup. b: text; 08 blank; sup. 2 A1 sup. a: title to psalms; sup. 2 A1 sup. b: woodcut coat of arms; sup. 2 A2 sup. a – Cc8 sup. a: psalms; cc8 sup. b: blank; a1 sup. a: title to catechism; a1 sup. b: blank; a2 sup. a – f7 sup. a: text of catechisme; f7 sup. b – h8 sup. a: a forme of prayers to be vsed in private house; h8 sup. b: blank. Title-page to psalms: THE / PSALMES OF DAVID / IN MEETER, WITH divers Notes, and Tunes / augmented to them. / Also the Psalmes in Prose./ [woodcut 58 x 48 mm.] / MDDELBVRGH, / Imprinted by Richard Schilders 1599. Title-page to catechisme: THE / CATECHISME, / OR MANER TO TEACH / CHILDREN THE CHRISTI- / AN RELIGION. / Wherein the Minister demandeth the question, and the Childe maketh answere: / Made by the excellent Doctor and Pastor in / Christes Church IOHN CALVIN. / [woodcut 40 x 29 mm.] / MIDDLEBVRGH / Imprinted by Richard Schilders, / Printer to the / States of Zeeland, / 1598. 32 ll. to the full page plus running title, catchword and side-notes. c3 sup.a 84 (89) x 52 (62) mm. 53 mm. for 20 lines. Roman and italic type; italic side notes. Original brown calf binding. Leather and metal clasps missing. MS notes on endpapers.


TITI LIVII / HISTORIARUM / QUOD EXTAT / Ex recensione I. F. Gronovii / Amstelodami, / Apud Danielem Elzevirium. A sup. 0 1678. Amsterdam: Daniel Elzevir (Elsevier), 1678. [2] 788 pp. Inscribed “John Scrymgeour” many times in different styles of writing, on front fly leaves. Inscribed “Ex Libris Alex sup. r Scrymgeour 1758” on rear fly leaf. Notes in margins.

Log book

Log book of the auxiliary schooner St. Hilda on a voyage from Dundee to Davis Straits. 18th April 1908 to April 7th 1910 Rebound by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1992

Longus Les amours pastorales de Daphnis et Chloe.

Traduction de Messire J. Amyot editee et corrigee par Paul-Louis Courier. Chelsea: The Ashendene Press, 1933. Sturrock Collection quarto. [4]. iv. 163. [1] pp. 26 cm. Printed by C. H. St. John Hornby. Woodcut illustrations by Gwendolen Raverat. Hand-painted coloured initials from the workshop of Graily Hewitt. Printed in black, with marginal notes in red. Slip-case. Bound in white vellum and green cloth. Limited to 310 copies (20 on parchment).

Loudon, J. C.

The Landscape gardening and landscape architecture of the late Humphrey Repton, Esq. being his entire works on these subjects. A new edition. London: Longman & Co. and A. & C. Black, 1840. xxxi, 619 pp. illus. 21 cm. Ex Lending Library 343D / 712.

Map of Asia

Map of Asia. n.d. James Bowman Lindsay

Marvell, Andrew

Miscellaneous poems. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1923. Sturrock Collection 2 p.l. 148 pp. [3]. front. (port.). 10.75 in. This edition is reprinted from the copy of the first, 1681, edition, catalogued as c.59.i.8. in the British Library, a copy unique in that it contains page 140–144, which were withdrawn for political reasons from the book as it was published. This copy also includes pages 116–131, likewise omitted, and for the same reason, from the published volume. The Horatian Ode was first published in 1776 in the edition edited by Captain Edward Thompson from MS. sources, which have since disappeared. The final poem in c.55.(sic?)i.8. is left unfinished; it is here completed from Captain Thompson’s edition. The matter thus added begins at the top of page 145 and continues to the end of the poems. Printed on Italian handmade paper. Limited to 850 copies of which this is number 450.

Mason, James

The anatomy of sorcery. London: John Legatte, 1612. [iv] 103 [1] pp. A–N sup. 4, O sup. 2 [$3 signed] = 54 ll. Title-page: THE / ANATOMIE OF / SORCERIE. / WHEREIN THE / WICKED IMPIE- (swash italics) / tie of Charmers, Inchan / ters, and such like, is dis- / covered and confuted. / BY / JAMES MASON, Master of Artes. / [device of Cambridge University Press] / Printed at London by Iohn Legatte, / Printer to the Universitie of Cambridge. / 1612. / And are to be sold in Pauls Church - yard at the signe / of the Crowne by Simon Waterson. Chainlines of original – horizontal; watermark – vase and flowers. Binding endpapers – PIRIE 1861. Quarter-bound in brown calf. Watered paper on boards. STC 17615

Maule, William Ramsay,

Lord Panmure of Brechin and Navar

Letter regarding supply of water to Dundee from Monikie. Brechin Castle, 1836

Meigle, Parish, Perthshire Regri Contract

Meigle, Parish, Perthshire Regri Contract [between?] The Heretors of the paroch of Miegle. MS. 1730 Agreement between the heritors principally concerning the re- instatement and upkeep of the church. Conservation work and encapsulation by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1995. Photocopy supplied to Steve Connelly at Perth and Kinross Archives, May 1998.

Milton, John

Comus: a mask, by John Milton. With a frontispiece and the six characters in costume designed and engraved on wood by Blair Hughes-Stanton. [Newtown, Montgomeryshire]: The Gregynog Press, 1931. Sturrock Collection [x], 26[4] pp. frontis. 5 pl. facsim title page. A MASKE / PRESENTED / AT LUDLOW CASTLE / 1634 / On Michaelmasse night, before the / RIGHT HONORABLE, / IOHN Earle of Bridgewater, Viscount BRACKLY, / LORD PRAESIDENT OF WALES, / And one of HIS MAIESTIES most honorable / PRIVIE COUNSELL. / [double rule] / Eheu quid volui misero mihi! floribus austrum Perditus / [single rule] / LONDON / PRINTED FOR HYMPHREY ROBINSON / AT THE SIGNE OF THE Three Pidgeons IN Pauls Church-yard / MDCXXXVII The first book arranged by William Mac Cance. Blair Hughes-Stanton collaborated in the printing. The book was set by hand and printed by Idris Jones. Limited to 250 copies of which this is number 190. The text is that edited by Rev. H. C. Beeching for the Oxford University Press. Original buckram-backed boards.

Milton, John

Poems in English. With illustrations by William Blake. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1926 Sturrock Collection Collection 2 vols. 53 plates. 25 cm. The text of this edition is that established by the late Canon Beeching after the earliest printed copies of the several poems (by arrangement with the delegates of the Oxford University Press). Pictures chosen and titled by Geoffrey Keynes. Printed in the italic type of Blado by Walter Lewis, printer to the university, at the Cambridge University Press. Collotype illustrations by the Chiswick Press, London. The Arabesque ornaments were designed by D. P. Bliss. The whole arranged by Francis Meynell. Limited to 1450 copies – in 2 volumes – on Van Gelder rag paper of which this is number 512, and 90 copies – the 2 volumes bound together – on Oxford India paper. Bound in vellum on boards. Contents: Vol. I Paradise Lost. Vol. II Miscellaneous poems; Paradise Regained; Samson Agonistes


Romain contenant les offices des dimanches et des principales fetes de l’annee. Limoges: Dalpayrat et Depelley, [c. 1890?]. Text within decorated borders on three sides. Pages and binding cut in undulating form. Binding leather with gold tooling inside front and back boards. Front cover embellished in upper left corner with metal decorated initial letter “A”.

Monck, George,

later first Duke of Albemarle

Order requiring provost and bailiffs of Dundee to demolish the burgh’s defensive works. MS facsimile. 1657 Original in charter chest 2, no. 269.

Montaigne, Michel de Montaigne’s

Essays: John Florio’s translation; edited by J. I. M. Stewart. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1931. Sturrock Collection 2 vols. 21 cm. Text is based on the third edition of 1632. This is number 52 of a limited edition of 1375 copies printed and made in Scotland by R. & R. Clark on Pannekoek paper. Bound in pigskin by the Leignton Straker bookbinding company. Green lozen[?] with gold tooling and letters “Que Scay-Je?” on front covers.

Moore, George

A communication to my friends, by George Moore. [London]: The Nonesuch Press, 1933. Sturrock Collection 86 [6] pp. 24 cm. Printed by Ernest Ingham at the Fanfare Press. Planned by Francis Meynell. The device on the title page was designed by Stephen Gooden. Limited to 1000 copies of which this is number 29.

Moore, George

Ulick and Soracha. [London]: The Nonesuch Press, 1926. Sturrock Collection 286 pp. illus. 9.25 in. No. 738/1250. Printed on Japon vellum. The copper-plate engraving accompanying the dedication designed and engraved by Stephen Gooden. Limited edition of 1250. Signed.

More, Sir Thomas

Utopia Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1893. Sturrock Collection 8(super)o. xiv. 282 [2] pp. With a foreword by William Morris and including on p. ix the original title page (reset) as follows in the Troy type: A frutefull pleasant, and wittie / worke, of the beste state of a pub- / lique weale, & of the newe yle, call- / ed Utopia: written in Latine, by the right worthie and famous Syr / Thomas More Knyght, and trans- / lated into Englishe by Raphe Ro- / bynson, sometime fellowe of Cor- / pus Christi College in Oxford, & / now by him at this second edi / tion newlie perused and corrected, / and also with divers notes in the / margent augmented [5 floral symbols] / Imprinted at London, by Abraham / Wele dwellinge in Pauls church- / yarde, at the sign of the Lambe. Colophon: Now revised by F. S. Ellis and printed again by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press... Printed in red and black in the Chaucer and Troy types, with red marginal notes and heading. Woodcut ornaments and capitals. Bound in limp vellum with 2 linen ties. Edition limited to 300 copies.

Morris, William

The life and death of Jason: a poem, by William Morris. Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1895. Sturrock Collection 2(super)o. [viii]. 353 [7] pp. Printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press. Printed in red and black in the Troy type. 2 double-page woodcuts. Bound in original limp vellum, with 3 linen ties and gilt lettering. Edition limited to 200 copies.

Muller, John

Professor of Artillery and Fortification

A treatise containing the elementary part of fortification, regular irregular. London: printed for J. Nourse, 1774 Sir Francis Mudie Third edition.

Muller, John

Professor of Artillery and Fortification

A treatise containing the practical part of fortification in four parts. London: printed for W. Strahan [et alia], 1774 Sir Francis Mudie Third edition, corrected.

Muller, John

Professor of Artillery and Fortification

A treatise of artillery. London: printed for John Millan, 1768 Sir Francis Mudie Second edition.

Muller, John

Preceptor to William Duke of Gloucester

Appendix, or, supplement to the treatise of artillery. London: printed for J. Millan, 1768 Sir Francis Mudie

Muller, John

Professor of Artillery and Fortification

Elements of mathematics, to which is prefixed the first principles of algebra. Vol. I and II. London: printed for J. Millan, 1765 Sir Francis Mudie Third edition improved.

Muller, John

Professor of Artillery and Fortification

The attac and defence of fortified places. London: printed for J. Millan, 1770 Sir Francis Mudie Third edition, corrected and very much enlarged.

Muller, John

Master of the Royal Academy at Woolwich

The field engineer of M. le Chevalier de Clairac, translated form the French, with observations and remarks on each chapter. London: John Millan, 1773 Sir Francis Mudie Second edition corrected, with additions.

Nash, Paul

Genesis; twelve woodcuts by Paul Nash with the first chapter of Genesis in the authorised version. Soho: The Nonesuch Press, 1924. Sturrock Collection 2 p. 1 (13) illus. 10.75 in. Cuts are printed from the wood and the text is in Rudolf Koch’s Neuland type on Zanders paper. Limited to 375 copies of which this is number 344.

National Covenant of Scotland

Facsimile. n.d. One folded sheet 75 cm. x 64 cm. (sectioned). Presented by Jas. Mac Intosh, Esq. Ex General Reference stock No. 57420.

Neele, S. I.

Illustrations of costumes by S. Neele and others. [19thC] Water colour tinted engravings to a fairly high standard. Only date given is 1803.

Newman, Edward

A history of British ferns, by Edward Newman. London: John van Voorst, 1854 Hutton xvi, 343 pp., illus., 22 cm.. Inscribed A. Hutton. Work embellished by actual examples of ferns as described and illustrated, presumably by Hutton himself.

Newton, Sir Isaac

Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica. Auctore Isaaco Newtono, equite aurato. Editio secunda auctior et emendatior. Cantabrigiae, MDCCXIII (Cambridge, 1713) [Edited by R. Cotes] [xxviii] 484 [8] p. folding chart. This copy belonged to Robert Simson (1687–1768), the famous Scottish mathematician and bears his signature on the first two leaves of the end papers and contains marginal notes in his handwriting. Presented by Dr. Henry Farmer, of the Empire Theatre, Glasgow, June 1939. The calf binding was severely damaged, but restored by Tom Valentine, Larbert 1993.

Osler, James

Osler genealogical chart showing the traced descendants and connections of James Osler, farmer in Castleton of Eassie, Forfarshire. Dundee: printed by D. C. Thomson & Co., Ltd., Courier Office, 1924. Comprises a folded chart 26 cm. x 164 cm. with notes on cover. Insert states “This copy of the Osler Genealogical Chart and Notes presented with the compliments of Mr. James Couper Osler and Mr. David Couper Thomson”. Note continues “…very valuable assistance rendered by Dr. A. H. Millar, chief librarian, Dundee, a distinguished historian and genealogist”. Also includes 5 items of correspondence from D. C. Thomson to A. H. Millar and letter from Cecilia Strathmore [Countess?, Dowager Countess?], Glamis Castle, to A. H. Millar and the Baron de Brise. Also a pencilled scrap of doggerel verse.

Otway, Thomas

The complete works of Thomas Otway; edited by Montague Summers. Bloomsbury: The Nonesuch Press, 1926. Sturrock Collection 3 vols. 26 cm. Contents Vol. I Introduction; Alcibiades; Don Carlos; Titus and Berenice; The Cheats of Scapin. Vol. II Friendship in Fashion; The History and Fall of Caius Marius; The Orphan; The Souldiers Fortune. Vol. III Venice Preserv’d; The Atheist; Poems; Love Letters. Limited to 1250 sets of 3 volumes on machine-made paper numbered 91 to 1340 and 90 sets on English hand-made paper numbered 1 to 90. This is number 1327.

Perthshire Society of Natural Science

Perthshire Society of Natural Science Proceedings of the Perthshire Society of Natural Science. Sessions 1881–82 to 1885–86 Perth: the Society, 1886 Hutton

Perucci, Francesco

Pompe funebri di tutte le nationi del mondo. Raccolte dalle storie sagre et profane Dal Sr. Dottre. Francesco Perucci. Dedicate al molto illuster, et ecc me. Sr Claudio Bassetti. Verona: Farncesco Rossi, 1639 The wording of the title page is hand-written and enclosed within an elegant engraved compartment. The text includes the engravings of G. Porro, previously published in T. Porcacchi’s Funerale Antichi. Bound in limp vellum. Presented by James Kinloch, Esq., Netherton of Craigie, in 1922. Also contains the book plate of James Lumsden of Glasgow. Conserved, Tom Valentine, 1992.

Pichler, Giovanni

Raccolta, a sia Serie d’Impronti cavati da Gemme antiche e moderne incominciando d agl’Egizi sino all’ Incisori del secolo corrente… Cavaliere Giovanni Pichler celebre Incisore in Gemme. MS. n.d. Giovanni Pichler was a prominent glyptographer of the C. Conservation work and rebinding by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1995. The spine title is speculative, and was not intended to be incorporated.


Plato’s Symposium or supper; newly translated by Francis Birrell and Shane Leslie. [London]: The Nonesuch Press, [1924]. Sturrock Collection octavo. [iv] 106 pp. 16 cm. The text has been corrected and revised by the Rev. R. G. Bury, from whose Greek text the translation was originally made. This is number 750 of an edition limited to 1050 copies, printed by the Pelican Press on Arnold unbleached hand-made paper.

Plautus, Titus Maccius

A fragment; containing part of Rudens and all of Stichus, Trinummus and Truculentus. [Paris: J. and B. Macaeus, 1576–1588?] This fragment forms part of a large folio in 6’s edition of the plays and runs from p. 959 to p. 1102. It possibly belongs to one of the folio editions of Plautus published in Paris by J. and B. Macaeus between 1576 and 1588. Title page of the 1588 edition, according to B. M. Cat.: M. Accius Plautus, ex fide, atque auctoritate complurium librorum manuscriptorum opera D. Lambini…Adjecta sunt amissarum Plautinarum Comoediarum loca ex antiquis grammaticis collecta etc.

Poliziano, Ambrogini (Angelo)

Herodiani historici Graeci libri octo ab Angelo Politiano latinitate donati. Paris: Simon de Colines, 1539 ff. [16], 102 [2]. 8to. aa–bb8, a–n8 [$4 signed]. Errors in foliation: 37 for 43; 85 for 45; 48 for 84. Herodiani hi- / STORICI GRAECI LIBRI / OCTO AB ANGELO POLITIA= / NO LATINITATE DONATI. / QUIBUS accessit in singulos libro EPITOME / Iacobi Omphalii Andernaci: authoris vita : & / de Romana historia queda scitu no indigna. / [device 61 x 42 mm. – see below] / PARISIIS / Ex officina Simonis Colinaei. / 1539 The device consists of a figure, half man half winged beast, carrying a scythe to symbolise time, and standing on a plinth with the word TEMPUS inscribed on it. There is also the motto: hanc aciem sola retundit virtus (virtue alone withstands this blade). This is an early version of the Simon de Colines device. Contemporary brown calf, severely damaged but now incorporated within a restored binding. Gilt lettering “THOMAS MAKGIBBON” on the front. There is also a signature on the title page: Jacobus Robertsone pastor Deodonensis. Bound in with Institutiones Oratoriae q.v.

Ponsonby, Frederick,

Earl of Bessborough

Sketches in the Bay of Naples and Gulf of Salerno, [early 19thC?] Presented by Sir Herbert Kinnaird Ogilvy, 12th baronet of Inverquharity, a great-great grandson of the earl. There is an account of the intermediate lineage at the front endpapers. Conservation work, binding, and additional typography by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1995.

Pont, Timothy

’t Eylandt Glotta, of Arran. Arania insula in aestuario Glottae. The yle of Arren in the Fyrth of Clyd. Amsterdam: Johan Blaeu, n.d. [1654?] From the Dutch edition, probably of “Atlas Novus”.

Pont, Timothy

Buthe insula sive Boot. Buthe insula vulgo the yle of Boot. Amsterdam: Johan Blaeu, n.d. [1654?] From the Latin edition, probably of “Atlas Novus”.

Pont, Timothy

Cantyr uyt Cambdenus. Cantyra Chersonesus, Cantyr a Demie-yland. Amsterdam: Johan Blaeu, n.d. [1654?] From the Dutch edition, probably of “Atlas Novus”. Another copy, hand tinted.

Pont, Timothy

Caricta borealis vulgo the northpart of Carrick. Amsterdam: Johan Blaeu Probably from “Atlas Novus”.

Pont, Timothy

Carrick. Carricta meridionalis. The south part of Carrick. Amsterdam: Johan Blaeu, [1654?] From the Dutch edition, probably of “Atlas Novus”.

Pont, Timothy

Ila. Ila insula, ex Aebudarum majoribus una. The yle of Ila, being one of the biggest of the Westerne Yles. Amsterdam: Johan Blaeu, n.d. [1654?] From the Dutch edition, probably of “Atlas Novus”. Another copy, hand tinted.

Pont, Timothy

Jura. Iura insula. The yle of Iura one of the westerne iles of Scotland. Amsterdam: Johan Blaeu, n.d. [1654?] From the Dutch edition, probably of “Atlas Novus”. Another copy, hand-tinted.

Pont, Timothy

Knapdail. Knapdalia Provincia, que sub Argathelia censetur. The province of Knapdail which is accounted a member of Argyll. Amsterdam: Johan Blaeu, n.d. [1654?] From the Dutch edition, probably of “Atlas Novus”. Another copy, hand tinted.

Pont, Timothy

Lennox uyt Cambdenus. Levinia, vice comitatus. The province of Lennox, called the shyre of Dun-Britton. Amsterdam: Johan Blaeu, n.d. [1654?] From the Dutch edition, probably of “Atlas Novus”.

Pont, Timothy

Lorn. Uyt Cambdenus. Lorna cum insulis vicinis et provinciis eidem conterminis. Lorn and the ysles and provinces bordering there-upon. Amsterdam: Johan Blaeu, n.d. [1654?] From the Dutch edition probably of “Atlas Novus”.

Pont, Timothy

Mula. Mula insula, quae ex Aebudarum numero una est, et Lochabriae ad occasum praetenditur. The yle of Mul whiche is one of the westerne Yles, and lyeth ovir against Lochabyr. Amsterdam: Johan Blaeu, n.d. [1654?] From the Dutch edition, probably of “Atlas Novus”. Another copy, hand tinted.

Pope, Alexander

Pope’s own miscellany: being a reprint of “Poems on Several Occasions” 1717 containing new poems by Alexander Pope and others. Edited by Norman Ault. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1935. Sturrock Collection xcviii. 165 [3] pp. facsim. title-page. 25cm. Designed by Francis Meynell and Printed by John Johnson, printer to the University, at the University Press, Oxford. Set in the [K?]ell Types and printed on Van Gelder paper. Limited to 750 copies, of which this is number 157. Bound in green leather.

Pratt, Anne

Wild flowers. With ninety-six plates, printed in colour. London: S.P.C.K., n.d. Hutton 2 vols.

Ricketts, Charles de Sonsy

Oscar Wilde: recollections by Jean Paul Raymond [pseud.] and Charles Ricketts. [Written by Charles Ricketts]. Bloomsbury: The Nonesuch Press, n.d. Sturrock Collection 60 [4] pp. 26 cm. With a note on the authorship by Thomas Lowinsky. Printed in England by Geo. W. Jones at the Dolphin Press. Typography designed by Francis Meynell. Limited to 800 copies of which this is number 417. Cover design by the author in gold inlay on beige leather binding.

Roper, William

The mirrour of vertue in worldly greatnes or the life of Sir Thomas More, Knight, by his son-in-law William Roper. London: Alexander Moring, The De La More Press, 1902. Sturrock Collection [xviii]. 57 [3] pp. The King’s Library, edited by Sir Israel Gollancz. The De La More Press Folios no. 1. Engraved series title page. Engraved portrait on title page. Limited to 290 copies on hand-made paper (plus 10 on vellum) of which this is number 79. Bound by I. and E. Bumpus Ltd. of London in brown.

Ros, Amanda M’Kittrick Irene

Iddesleigh: a novel. [London]: The Nonesuch Press, 1926. Sturrock Collection [vii]. 151pp. front. 2 pl. 8 in. No. 897/1250. Three illustrations engraved in wood by W. M. R. Quick.


Sasine in favour of Andros Morum [Andrew Mores?]. MS. 1701

Schroter, Ludwig and Schroter, Dr. C.

Taschenflora des Alpen-wanderers. Colorirte Abbildungen von 115 verbreiteten Alpenpflanzen nach der Natur gemalt von Ludwig Schroter.. Mit Vorwort und kurzen botanischen Textvon Dr. C. Schroter. Zurich: Meyer & Zeller, 1889 Hutton 18 colour plates with accompanying text on facing page. Inscribed A. Hutton on flyleaf.

Scott, Sir Walter

The Bonnets of Bonnie Dundee. MS. 1833 The former owner was Miss K. H. Gordon, a grand-daughter of George Huntly Gordon, one of the many young men whom Scott helped and who catalogued the library at Abbotsford. Two verses of the song have been crossed out but are legible and there is an additional verse. In his diary for 22.12.23 Scott says: “The air of Bonnie Dundee running in my head today. I wrote a few verses to it before dinner, taking the key note from the story of Clavers leaving the Scottish Convention of Estates in 1688–9. I wonder if they are good”. The song as published in “the Doom of Dvorgoil” has 11 stanzas; all are in the MS, but not all in their published form. This is evidently an early draft.

Scrymgeour, Edwin

Member of Parliament for Dundee

An album of newspaper cuttings and ephemera Dundee, February 1929 – March 1932 A collection of posters, leaflets ephemera and annotated newspaper cuttings of a political and religious nature which also reflect Edwin Scrymgeour’s personal inclinations. The coverage is national and includes material relating to Edwin Scrymgeour’s House of Commons activities.

Scrymgeour, Edwin

Member of Parliament for Dundee

An album of newspaper cuttings and ephemera Dundee, September 1904 – February 1906 A collection of posters, leaflets, cartoons and annotated newspaper cuttings of a political nature with emphasis on Edwin Scrymgeour’s activities and speeches as a member of The Scottish Prohibitionist Party. The newspaper cuttings are principally from Dundee publications but coverage extends to many parts of Scotland.

Secundus, Iohannes

Kisses, being the Basia of Iohannes Secundus rendered into English by Thomas Stanley 1647. Soho: The Nonesuch Press, 1923. Sturrock Collection [iv]. 14 [2] pp. 27 cm. Pagination is as follows: starting from the half-title there are 4 unnumbered pages, the text begins on p. 1. Between pages 2 and 3, and between pages 8 and 9, 11 and 12, 13 and 14, there is an unnumbered page. Printed in England by the Kynoch Press. This is number 290 of an edition limited to 725 copies. Binding slightly damaged. [Additional cataloguer’s note in pencil reads] Rather peculiar pagination in this volume. Although the last numbered page is 14, there are 4 preliminary unnumbered pages (half-title and title), 4 unnumbered pages within the pagination sequence of the text, and 2 unnumbered pages at the end, giving an actual total of 24 pp. Thus – [iv]. 1–2. x. 3–8. x. 9–11. x. 12–13. x. 14 [2].

Selby, Prideaux John

A history of British forest-trees, indigenous and introduced, by Prideaux John Selby, F.L.S., M.W.S., etc. London: John van Voorst, 1842 Hutton

Shakespeare, William

The tragedie of Macbeth. London: Ernest Benn Ltd., 1923 The Player’s Shakespeare. Printed litteratim from the first folio of 1623. Limited edition, this being no. 147 of 450. Shakespeare, William The tragedie of Cymbeline. London: Ernest Benn Ltd., 1923 The Player’s Shakespeare. Printed litteratim from the first folio of 1623. Number 147 of a limited edition of 450. Shakespeare, William The works. The text of the first Folio with Quarto variants and a selection of modern readings: edited by Herbert Farjeon. [London]: The Nonesuch Press; New York: Random House Inc., 1929–33. Sturrock Collection 7 vols. 9.5 in. Printed in England by Walter Lewis, printer to the University, at the Cambridge University Press, in Monotype Fournier with new capital letters made for this edition. Bound in brown leather by A. W. Bain, London. Limited to 1050 copies for sale in Gt. Britain and 550 copies for sale in the United States of America. This is number 1166. This edition designed by Francis Meynell. Contents: Vol. I The tempest; The two gentlemen of Verona; The merry wives of Windsor; Measure for measure; The comedie of errors; Much adoe about nothing; Loves labour’s lost. 1929. Vol. II A midsommer nights dream; The merchant of Venice; As you like it; The taming of the shrew; All’s well, that ends well; Twelfe night, or What you will; The winters tale. 1929. Vol. III King John; Richard the second; Henry the fourth, part I; Henry the fourth, part II; Henry the fift.; Henry the sixt, part I; Henry the sixt, part II; Henry the sixt, part III. 1930. Vol. IV Richard the third; Henry the eight; Troylus and Cressida; Corialanus; Titus Andronicus; Romeo and Juliet; Tymon of Athens. 1931. Vol. V Julius Caesar; I Macbeth; Hamlet; King Lear; Othello; Anthonie and Cleopatra; Cymbeline. 1932. Vol VI Quartos – Pericles, prince of Tyre; The merry wives of Windsor; The chronicle historie of Henry the fift.; The first part of the content (Henry VI, part II); The true tragedie (Henry VI, part III); Romeo and Juliet; Hamlet. 1932. Vol. VII Poems – Venus and Adonis; The rape of Lucrece; Sonnets; Miscellaneous poems. Doubtful plays – The two noble kinsmen; King Edward the third; Sir Thomas Moore. 1933.

Sibbald, Sir Robert

The history, ancient and modern, of the Sheriffdoms of Fife and Kinross; with the description of both, and of the Firths of Forth and Tay, and the islands in them. In which there is an account of the… Edinburgh, 1710 …royal seats and castles; and of the royal burghs and ports; and of the religious houses and schools; and of the most remarkable houses of the nobility and gentry. With an account of the land and waters. This book was one of many stolen during the 1980s. Notified to Dundee District Libraies by an observant bookseller, it was re- purchased in 1994, with ownership marks obscured by various means.

Slezer, John

Theatrum Scotiae by Captain John Slezer, with life of the author, and large additional illustrations by the late John Jamieson, D.D., author of the Dictionary of the Scottish Language. Edinburgh: William Paterson, 1874.

Smith, Alexander

An account of a voyage to Greenland aboard the whaler SS Camperdown in the year 1861. Written and illustrated by Alexander Smith, chief engineer. 1861 Illustrated with seven watercolour sketches. Slip case by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1992.

Steggall, Dr. John Edward Aloysius

Emeritus professor of mathematics

Steggall album of photographs. 1880– Typical family photograph album. Subjects of interest to local historians include: Barry artillery camp; nurses at [Dundee?] Infirmary; jute fleet; Greystane (Swallow Hotel); Tay Bridge; Balgay; Balgay House; University College staff and students; University College; St. Margaret’s church, Lochee; Miss Gourlay; Anna Gourlay; Kirsty Watson; Watson Family; Miss Hill; Katie; John Bright; Sheppard Family; Prof. Steggall; Steggall family. In addition there are many photographs of nearby areas, such as the Angus glens, and further afield. There are some particularly fine studies of the Forth Bridge, in construction. Curiously, he styles what appears to be the substantially Saxon Escomb Church as “a Norman Church”.

Stengel, Charles

Monasteriologia in qua insignium aliquot monasterio rum familiae S. Benedicti in Germania, origines, fundatores, clarique viri excis oriundi describibuntur, corudemque idaeae aeri incisae oculis… 1619 …subijciuntur. Auctore R.P.F. Carolo Stengolo eiusdem ordinis Monast: SS: VDAL – RICI AFRAE Augustae Vind. Augustae Vindelicorum. MDCXIX Title page text enclosed on a tablet. [84] p. many woodcut illustrations. Conserved, Tom Valentine, 1992.

Stephen, William C.

Log book of the ketch Ernest William from Dundee to Davis Strait. 3rd June 1912 – 28th August 1913 Log concludes with the vessel given up as a total wreck. Rebound by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1992.

Steuart, Sir Henry Bart., LL.D., F.R.S.E.

The Planter’s guide; or a practical essay on the best methods of giving immediate effect to wood, by the removal of large trees and underwood. Edinburgh: John Murray, 1828 Hutton.

Street literature

Street literature collected by William Harvey, principally from the Poets’ Box, Dundee; also from the Glasgow Poets’ Box. Spine title: “Scottish Street Literature”. Street literature collected by William Harvey, from the Poets’ Box, Dundee, and many other imprints. Spine title: “Street Literature”.

Tay Bridge Disaster.

Tay Bridge Disaster. Description of articles found and brought to the Tay Bridge Station. 1879/1880 This hand written inventory extends over 23 of the 106 unnumbered pages. Each page is ruled off and divided into vertical columns allowing specification of the date the article(s) was found, desc- ription of article, where it was found, by whom it was found, by whom it was claimed, when it was given up, by whom it was received. Bequest by Mrs. Margaret Smith, widow of the Tay Bridge stationmaster. Conserved c.1990.

Taylor, Jeremy

Bishop of Down and Connor, and of Dromore

A Dissuasive from popery to the people of Ireland. Dublin: Samuel Dancer, 1664 Following title statement, t.p. reads: by Jeremy Lord Bishop of Down. Dublin, Printed by John Crooke, Printer to the Kings Most Excellent Majesty, and are to be sold by Samuel Dancer, 1664.

Tennyson, Alfred Lord

In memoriam. London: Edward Moxon, 1855 Hutton Sixth edition. Octavo, viii, 211 [1] p. 18 cm.. Between the first gathering and gathering B, there is an inserted gathering, unpa’ginated and unsigned which contains manuscript notes. There is also a double leaf of notes which has not been bound in with the work. These MS additions are on a different type of paper – vertical chainlines 21 mm. apart – from the printed pages, which are on wove paper. The “A.H.H.” mentioned in the dedication is Tennyson’s friend, Arthur Henry Hallam, who died in 1833. The title page has the signature of A. Hutton 1857.

Tennyson, Alfred

1st. Baron Tennyson

In memoriam; A. H. H. 1811–1833. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1933 Sturrock Collection xxii. 1p.l. 145 pp. 11.5 in. With an introduction by John Sparrow. Printed in Blado type on Van Gelder paper by Ernest Ingham at the Fanfare Press to the design of Francis Meynell. Limited to 2000 copies of which this is number 743.

The Bee.

A selection of poetry, from the best authors. London: Darton & Harvey, 1793 Sir Francis Mudie New edition.

The holi bible.

The holi bible. Richard Lugge: London, 1569 Black letter. Another edition of the “Bishop’s Bible”[1568). ff. Imperfect. This copy was saved from the ruins of the City Churches after the fire of 1841, damaged by fire and damp. Foliation numbers, signatures, catchwords, side notes mostly missing. Preliminary matter also missing. Text begins Exodus chapter ii, and ends at Paul’s epistle to the Philippians chapter iv verse 13. Bound in calf. STC no. 2105.

The life of St. David.

The life of St. David. Newtown, Montgomeryshire: The Gregynog Press, 1927. Sturrock Collection [viii]. 41, [7] pp. 25cm. This text, freely collated by Ernest Rhys, is based on the Latin life by Rhygyfarch [1057–1099] and upon later lives. The earlier English versions have been compared with those of more modern scholars. The division into chapters is made for the first time in this Gregynog volume. Printed by Robert Ashwin Maynard at the Gregynog Press, in black red and blue on hand-made paper. The decorations were designed and engraved on wood by the printer and Horace Walter Bray, and coloured by hand at Gregynog. The picture of St. David on the title page was drawn from a brass, dated 1476, in Hereford Cathedral. Edition limited to 175 copies of which this is number 103. Bound in limp vellum.

The tale of Beowulf.

The tale of Beowulf. Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1895. Sturrock Collection [viii]. 119 [1] pp. 29 cm. glossary pp. 112–119. Done out of the old English tongue by William Morris and A. J. Wyatt, and printed by the said William Morris at the Kelmscott Press. Set in the Troy type; printed in red and black on rag paper. Double-page woodcut, borders and capitals. Limited to 300 copies. Bound in original limp vellum with 3 linen ties and gilt lettering.

Thomson, James

Collections Illustrative of the Ancient Ecclesiastical State of Scotland Comprising Descriptions of the Cathedrals and Monasteries, at the Reformation. With Illustrations. By James Thomson. MS. Dundee, 1833 Liberally embellished with quarter page pen and ink drawings of sacred buildings, arms and seals. Interesting pen and pencil notes by Thomson on flyleaf and front endpaper respectively. Stamped “Watt Institution” and “Dundee Free Library”. Conservation work and rebinding by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1995.

Thomson, James

Seasons, by James Thomson. Containing Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. London: printed for Joseph Wenman, No. 144, Fleet Street, 1785. 168 pp. front. 12 cm. Leather binding. Dundee Central Library has a unique collection of James Oswald’s “Airs for Spring etc.”, which were probably inspired by Thomson’s work. The Wighton Collection has a unique second set for each season plus a MS. set for Autumn, probably in the composers own hand.

Thomson, James

The Book of the Houff. A Collection of all the Epitaphs in the Houff or Old Burying Ground, The New Burying Ground, St Andrew’s and St. Peter’s Churchyards, Dundee. MS. 1838 Conservation work and rebinding by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1995.

Thomson, James

The history and antiquities of Dundee, and its vicinity: from the earliest times to the year 1825, by James Thomson. Dundee, 1829 Preface pp iii-viii; introduction pp ix-xii; contents page followed by 3 blank leaves; 382 pp. Presented to the Dundee Watt Institution by Robert Millar. Dundee, 16th October 1860.

Thomson, James

The history and antiquities of Dundee and its vicinity from the earliest times to the year 1825 by James Thomson. MS. Dundee, 1829. In neat, close formed, copper plate hand. Fly-leaf inscribed: “Presented to the Dundee Watt Institution By Robert Millar Dundee Bank; Dundee”. Stamped with Dundee Watt Institution ownership mark, also “Dundee Free Library”.

Thomson, James

The Houff. A Collection of all the Epitaphs in the Public Burying Ground, Dundee. With an Addendum containing the Epitaphs in St. Andrews Churchyard, and an appendix of Epitaphs...from other sources. Dundee, 1835 MS

Thomson, James (1700–1748)

The seasons. With five pictures by Jacquier and an introduction by John Beresford. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1927. Sturrock Collection xxi. 198 pp. 5 col. illus. 11 in. Printed by the Kynoch Press. The pictures by A. Alexander and Sons. The copper plates were engraved by C. Sigrist, and the prints were water-coloured through stencils by the Curwen Press. Limited to 1500 copies of which this is number 1245.

Thomson, James

Tours through parts of Forfar, Perth, and Fifeshires; with an appendix illustrated with notes and engravings. MS. Dundee, 1833

Turner, Joseph Mallord William

Liber studiorum. 73 published plates laid down within cardboard mounts in two morocco, silk-lined boxes with brass hinges and locks (keys now missing). n.d.

Vaughan, Henry Silurist

Poems from “Poems”, “Olor Iscanus”, “Silex Scintillans”, “Thalia Rediviva”, An essay from “The Mount of Olives”, Two letters from mss. in the Bodleian Library. Soho: The Nonesuch Press, 1924. Sturrock Collection Collection [vi]. 164 [4] pp. 26 cm. Printed by the Kynoch Press on rag paper in Baskerville type. Limited to 850 copies of which this is number 154. Slip case.

Voltaire, Jean-Marie Arouet

The Princess of Babylon, by M. de Voltaire. With decorations by Thomas Lowinsky. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1927. Sturrock Collection Collection [viii]. 157 [3] pp. frontis. illus. 18 cm. The text is that of the Glasgow edition of 1769. Printed by the Westminster Press, upon Batchelor’s Kelmscott hand-made paper. Limited to 1500 copies of which this is number 1110.

Walker, [Brigadier-General Alexander?]

Hindu deities, castes and ceremonies. 19thC Bodleian Library has examined photocopies of this work, and consider it may well be Alexander Walker’s. Conservation work and rebinding by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1995. Text of a letter from Dr. Gillian Evison, India Institute Librarian, Bodleian Library, Oxford. OX1 3BG. Tel. 01865 277082, Fax 01865 277182, email INDINST@UK.OXFORD. VAX 8TH April 1994 Dear Mr. Kett, Thank you for sending me the copies of the pictures out of your manuscript. I do not think we will ever be able to positively identify your Walker with the Bodleian Walker but I am struck by the similarity of the hand which wrote the index to your book and the hand which produced the entries for Walker’s catalogue at the Bodleian. The pictures are naive but delightful, probably produced by a local artisan at the request of the owner. With your permission, I would like to keep the copies you sent me on file. I would like to have some examples of the book to show to any readers who have an interest in Walker in case they would like to see your book as well as the Bodleian materials, Your Sincerely Gillian Evison

Walton, Izaak

The compleat angler: The lives of Donne, Wotton, Hooker, Herbert & Sanderson, with Love and truth & miscellaneous writings. Edited by Geoffrey Keynes, illustrations by Thomas Poulton and Charles Sigrist. Bloomsbury: The Nonesuch Press, 1929. Sturrock Collection 631 pp. front. illus. col. illus. 8.5 inches. Under the care of Francis Meynell. Limited edition of 1600 copies. No. 22/1600.

Warlock, Peter, ed.

Songs of the gardens, edited by Peter Warlock. [London]: The Nonesuch Press, 1925. Sturrock Collection 96 [2] pp. illus. 27 cm. Produced under the direction of Hubert I. Foss and Francis Meynell. The music and its accompanying text was engraved by Lowe and Brydone with the punches designed at the Oxford University Press for the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust’s quarto edition of “Tudor Church Music” and is used by permission of the Trustees. The title page was designed and engraved by Stephen Gooden. The miscellaneous eighteenth century ornaments were engraved in wood by W. M. R. Quick. Printed at the Curwen Press, using offset lithography. Limited to 875 copies of which this is number 95.

Wedderburn, John

Ane Compendious Buik of Godlie Psalmes. [Edinburgh: John Scott, 1567?] Also known as “The Dundee Psalms” or “The Gude and Godlie Ballatis”, this volume is on temporary loan to the National Library of Scotland. This volume is thought to be unique, and possibly the first extant edition of the work. However, the date of publication and publisher is inferred from the title page of another work, included within the binding.

Wedderburne, David

Compt Buik of David Wedderburne. MS transcript. Edinburgh, 1891 This copy of the 1587 MS was made from a transcript of the original by the Rev. W. Macleod of Edinburgh.

Wedderburne, David

The compt book of David Wedderburne. 1587–1630 This MS contains the business transactions and lists of personal belongings of a Dundee merchant, in addition to the daily events of his life. The text is made up of 104 leaves one of which is torn in half and not included in the pagination laid down by A.H. Millar. The insides of the limp vellum binding have also been written upon. The binding has a flap which covers the front edge of the book and extends part of the way oper the back cover, with a linen tie to secure it. Although most entries are dated, strict chronological order has not been followed and the book is written from both ends. Conserved by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1992. Shipping Lists in Dundee Archives.

White, Francis Buchanan W.

The flora of Perthshire, by Francis Buchanan White edited with an introduction and life of the author, a list of his scientific publications, and an appendix by James W. H. Trail...with portrait and map. Edinburgh: printed for the Perthshire Society of Natural Science by William Blackwood and Sons, 1898. Hutton pp. lix, [5], 407 [1] frontis, map. 20cm.. Inscribed Alex Hutton on half title.

Wilmot, John,

2nd. Earl of Rochester

Collected works of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester; edited by John Hayward. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1926 Sturrock Collection Collection lii. 408 pp. 26 cm. Printed by William Brendon and Son, Ltd., Plymouth. Limited to 75 copies on English handmade paper (1–75) and 975 copies on antique paper, numbered 76 to 1050, of which this is number 1032. Contents: Introduction by John Hayward; Poems; A. Bendo’s advertisement; Valentinian Scene of Sir R. Howard’s play; Letters.

Wilson, Mona

The life of William Blake, by Mona Wilson. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1927. Sturrock Collection Collection xvi. 397 [3] pp. frontis. 24 plates. 7 port. 28 cm. Printed on Vindalon paper by the Chiswick Press. Limited to 1480 copies of which this is number 18. There is separate unbound gathering, independently paginated 1–4 containing an Addendum, signed by M.W. Jan. 1928, and Corrigenda.

Wits, Herman De

oeconomici foederum dei cum hominibus libri quatuor. Editio quarta? 1712 [32] 919 [17] pp. index. 20 cm. Leather binding.

Wood, John

Town atlas. 1821

Wycherley, William

The complete works of William Wycherley; edited by Motague Summers. Soho: The Nonesuch Press, 1924 Sturrock Collection 4 vols. 26 cm. Limited to 75 sets on English hand-made paper and 900 sets on antique paper numbered 76–975 of which this is number 296. Contents. Vol. I Introduction; Love in a wood; The gentleman dancing-master. Vol. II The country wife; The plain dealer; Letters. Vol. III Miscellany poems (first portion). Vol. IV Miscellany poems (conclusion); Miscellaneous poems; Hero and Leander; Posthumous works.

A letter from the protestors

A letter from the protestors, with an answer, from an asserter of the authority of the two late General Assemblies, at Dundee and Edinburgh. 1653 30 pp. 18 cm. A solemne league and covenant for reformation and defence of religion, the honour and happinesse of the king, and the peace and safety of the three kingdomes of Scotland, England and Ireland. Edinburgh: Evan Tyler, 1643 The bound volume consists of 4 gatherings in 4&’s. Preliminary gathering A contains the title page and approbations and ordinances relating to the covenant, on unnumbered pages. Gathering B consists of the text of the league and covenant on 6 numbered pages, followed by the signatures of 600 “subscribers” and 456 other names, written by a notary. Bookplate of the Earl of Mansfield inside front cover. Contemporary bind brown calf, conserved by Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1992. Presented to Dundee Public Library by C.W. Scrimgeour, Esq., Mount Tabor, Dundee in 1911.

[Heath, James]

Flagellum: or the life and death, birth and burial of O. Cromwell the late usurper. London: printed by E. C. for Randall Taylor, 1669. octavo. [ii]. 192 pp. 17 cm. The leaf containing the title-page is a single disjunct, and the title-page itself has been removed from another leaf, possibly belonging to another copy, as the paper is considerably more worn and discoloured, and has then been pasted on to this disjunct leaf. It runs as follows: [Within double-ruled frame] / Flagellum : / OR / The LIFE and DEATH, / BIRTH and BURIAL / OF / O. Cromwell / The late USURPER : / Faithfully Described. / WITH / An Exact Account of His Policies / and Successes: / Not heretofore Published or Discovered. / [single rule] / The Fourth EDITION with Additions. / [single rule] / - Furto laetatus inani / Distulit inseram commissa piacula inortem / Virg. Aeneid. / [single rule] / LONDON, / Printed by E. C. for Randall Taylor, and are to be / sold at his Shop at the Crown in / Little Britain. 1669. The title-page also carries the manuscript insertion “by James Heath”, an ascription confirmed by Lowndes ( vol. II, p. 1030). After the disfunct title-page leaf, the volume collates as follows: A–G sup. 8, H sup. 4, I sup. 4, K sup. 8, L sup. 4, M sup. 4, N–O sup 8 [$4 (–H3, I3, 4, L4, M3, 4) signed]. There are missignings of B4 for A4, L for M (1). Opposite the title-page, pasted to the verso of the fly-leaf, there is an open-out chart entitled “The Royal Oake of Brittayne” showing a portrait of Cromwell, several didactic quotations with illustrative accompaniment. There is a book label (72 x 62 mm.) pasted on to the end paper. It shows a deer, a capital “R” surrounded by a ring with the inscription “NOS NOSTRAQUE DEO”. There is also an illegible manuscript entry on the opposite page, followed by the words “Dundee 9 – 1849”. The brown leather binding is now in a precarious state. Dundee its quaint and historic buildings. Dundee: George Petrie, Nethergate, 1895 Conserved Tom Valentine, Larbert, 1992

[Henderson, Alexander]

The government and order of the Church of Scotland. Edinburgh: J. Bryson, 1641. quarto. [x], 68 pp. 18 cm. Imperfect. Contains only one leaf before A1, viz. leaf beginning “To the Reader”No title-page. A–E sup. 4, sup. 2 E sup. 4, F–H sup. 4, I sup. 2 [$3 (– sup. 2 E3, F3, G3, H3) signed]. Contents: To the Reader; The Government and Order of the Church of Scotland; The first part; The second part. The pages are badly cropped, sometimes lacking signatures, catchwords, headlines, page number. B.M. copy is also cropped. Type area varies from page to page, 117 mm. for 20 ll. F2 sup. a. Rebound by Watt of Dundee in the 19th century. Half-bound in black leather with gilt lettering and edges. Twenty five leaves of end-paper at back; missing at front. B.M. main entry under SCOTLAND [CHURCH OF SCOTLAND – Appendix]. Henderson was a minister at Edinburgh 1583–1646, and Moderator of the General Assembly in 1638.

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