Dear Friend,
With us at this week's Edinburgh Book Fair will be an unrecorded Scottish Chapbook edition of Defoe's Moll Flanders, and John Prebble's annotated copy of the story of a Scottish officer on trial in early 19th century Jamaica. A second generation Glaswegian surgeon, Robert Grieve, writes home from the frontline in the Yangtze Delta in the 1860s, and there's a fine diary of a sea-voyage round Scottish lighthouses in the company of lighthouse royalty.
Do say if anything catches your eye.
Best wishes,

A SATIRE ON SCOTTISH COVENANTERS The Whigs Supplication or, the Scotch-Hudibras. A Mock-Poem in Two Parts — Samuel Colvil — 1751

Satire on the Scottish Presbyterian covenanters, ending with a Latin version of the final 36 English lines. Very pretty polished calf with case mark indicated by two circular morocco spine labels; minor loss of leather close to the upper joint between spine and front cover, adjacent to lowest label; speckled edges. Casemark repeated in ink on the front pastedown; book labels of J R P Forrest, Edinburgh (thought to be Sir James Forrest, 1Ts Baron of Comiston) and above that the calling card of ‘M…… Read more


SCOTTISH & IRISH PEERAGE CASES BEFORE THE HOUSE OF LORDS: Case of Sir Robert Gordon, Bart Claiming the Title, Honour and Dignity of Earl of Sutherland [&] The Case of the Right Honourable Arthur Annesley Viscount Valentia... Earl of Anglesey — Robert Gordon, Earl of Sutherland; Arthur Annesley Mountnorris — 1769

A dozen 18th century imprints relating to Peerage Cases heard before the House of Lords concerning succession of the Scottish Earls of Sutherland and the Irish Earl of Anglesey. Items 1-8 relate to the counter claims of Robert Gordon, a descendant of the 1st Earl of Sutherland and Elizabeth Sutherland Leveson-Gower who won the case to become 19th Countess of Sutherland in her own right. The final 4 imprints (no. 12 unrecorded) relate to Arthur Annesley who was deemed by the Irish House of Lords…… Read more


‘I SHALL BE FOUND AT NEW YORK AT THE HON.BLE COL. DE LANCEY’S’: A Scottish Explorer & Scientist in British North America — William Dunbar [James Gordon] — 1773

Letter from the Scottish-American explorer, plantation owner and long-term correspondent of Thomas Jefferson who would be commissioned by his Presidential friend to assemble the first scientific expedition into the southern territory of the ‘Louisiana Purchase’ - alongside Lewis and Clark. In this letter from early on his career, Dunbar attempts to escape the pressures of his work and proposes a trip to see friends in the American colonies - just a few years before the outbreak of the American W…… Read more


THREE NATIONS SPECIAL! Llythyrau Rhwng Mr Samuel Pike a Mr. Robert Sandeman mewn perthynas i'r Llythyrau ar Theron ac Aspasi — John Popkin, [Robert Sandeman, Samuel Pike] — 1765

Scottish non conformist theologian Robert Sandeman in correspondence with an English follower (and latterly opponent) Samuel Pike - translated into Welsh. Attractive full sheepskin binding with extensive ownership inscriptions from the 1770s of the Morgan family - Morgan Morgan, William Morgan etc; browning and further penmanship to the title page: pp266. Noted during collation, William Morgan additional ownership inscription on sectional title and ‘William Davies 1772’ to final pastedown. Pike…… Read more


ANNOTATED BY A GLASGOW CLOTHIER Glasgow Almanack, for the Year MDCCLXXXVI — John Mennons — 1785

Rare Glaswegian almanac produced by the founder of the Glasgow Herald, John Mennons. This copy has the advantage of 12 pages of expert notes made in the late 1780s by a Glasgow cloth maker about the weaving and pricing of socks, gloves and handkerchieves. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Contemporary calf binding, worn but sound, with a pocket within the lower board. Late 19th century inscription of ‘John Easton Black... Greenock’ to the second flyleaf. Browning and light soiling to early leaves but the al…… Read more


SINGING, POTATO SALES & BENEVOLENCE IN SOUTH LANARKSHIRE ‘James Smellie’s Count Book in Carstairs School’ — James Smellie of Carstairs — 1802

Hybrid daybook, notebook and school exercise book used by James Smellie of Carstairs over 50 years from 1802 and into the 1850s to record business transactions, Carstairs’ village meetings, auctions, the activities of the Benevolent Society and on Friday evenings the ‘Church Music Society’. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Small quarto (17x20cm) bound in exceptionally faded marbled card wrappers, reinforced with a wraparound slice of sheepskin. The manuscript is comprised of two main sections: [pp] 126 and…… Read more


‘ALL THE NOTES ARE MY OWN REMARKS AND OBSERVATIONS’ Proceedings of a General Court-Martial Held in Kingston Barracks, in the Island of Jamaica, March 10, 1802, By order of his Excellency Major-General George Nugent — Allan Cameron of Lundavra [John Prebble’s copy] — 1802

Minutes of a Court Martial which had accused the Scottish-born Major Allan Cameron of Lundavra of mutiny and other offences causing Cameron to have this book printed for select presentation purposes - in this case annotated vociferously in his own hand - as a means to clear his name and restore his reputation. This rare publication (no copies in the UK) formed part of a feud between Cameron and his commanding officer in Jamaica the future General Rollo Gillespie. It comes from the collection of…… Read more


UNRECORDED SCOTTISH CHAPBOOK VERSION: The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, Who was Born in Newgate... was 12 Years a Whore; 5 Years a Wife... 7 Years transported Felon in Virginia... and died a Penitent — Daniel Defoe — 1807

Otherwise unknown Glaswegian chapbook edition of this outrageous and transgressive eighteenth century novel. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The chapbook (17x9.5cm) is made up of a single 24 page gathering (12mo), secured just by a pin - it has never been sewn. Woodcut portrait of Moll to the first page, no doubt generic, a little browning; lower outer corner of p3 torn away, not affecting text. Otherwise the chapbook is in very good condition - remarkable indeed for this kind of text - ending with Moll’s…… Read more



Upmarket, Byron-connected Scottish collection of 54 musical imprints owned by the Threipland family of Fingask. The musical imprints include inscribed and presentation copies from Anne Isabella Milbanke (shortly to become Lady Byron), two more inscribed by Byron’s friend the poet James Webster Wedderburn and a further setting of Byron’s words signed by Isaac Nathan ‘the father of Australian music’. Notes of Threipland ownership throughout. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Folio volume bound in quarter red…… Read more


SEVEN SCOTTISH CHAPBOOKS: The History of Dick Whittington & his Cat [&] The Celebrated History of the Renowned Robin Hood [&] The History of the Sleeping Beauty ETC — Anonymous — 1840

Five rare Montrose chapbooks, all with their pictorial wrappers, bound together with a single Edinburgh and London imprint. Good quality recent half calf binding which incorporates the 19th century binder’s instructions for a client named ‘McGregor’ who had requested half calf with a ‘yellow top’ edge - just visible still. The binder’s stamp of J Ferguson of Argyle Street, Glasgow appears on the verso of this preliminary leaf. The chapbooks are in very good condition, a little soiled to the wrap…… Read more


‘I SHALL BECOME QUITE AU FAIT AT PROBING BULLET WOUNDS’: A Scottish Surgeon on the Yangtse during the Taiping Rebellion — Robert Grieve (Assistant Surgeon to Admiral James Hope) — 1861

Letters home from a second generation Glaswegian surgeon describing the ‘horrors of war’ he experienced in China as a Naval Surgeon during the Taiping Uprising of 1861-2. The Rebellion - actually a pan-Chinese civil war - was the most bloodthirsty conflict of the 19th century, estimated to have cost between 20 and 30 million lives and Grieve’s remarkable manuscript brings those stark figures to life. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION Black notebook (12x19cm) bound in textured paper over boards, spine recentl…… Read more


FROM THE STEVENSON LIGHTHOUSE ENGINEERS’ LIBRARY: A Lighthouse Log by an Elder of Trinity House — Captain Thomas William Pixley — 1841

Lighthouse Journal of Captain Thomas Pixley recounting three years travelling through the inland waters of the British Isles inspecting lighthouses and lightships, twice journeying through Scottish water in the company of lighthouse royalty, the preeminent engineers and lighthouse builders, David and Alan Stevenson. Pixley enthuses about his visit in their company to the Bell Rock Lighthouse - a ‘wonder of the world’ - as well as Alan Stevenson’s masterpiece still under construction, Skerrivore,…… Read more


DAVID LIVINGSTONE’S FATHER IN LAW & MISSIONARY INSPIRATION: Signed Portrait of Robert Moffat — Maull and Co — 1865

Large format signed albumen photograph of the Scottish congregationalist missionary Robert Moffat whose daughter Mary Moffat married David Livingstone. Photograph (19x15.5cm) mounted on card which has been trimmed to the edge of the albumen photograph except at the lower edge where the card mount has been signed: ‘Yours very truly Robert Moffat.’ To the verso, trade stamp of ‘Maull and Co. Photographers and Miniature Printers.’ Above that, an interesting pencilled provenance note: ‘This is the o…… Read more


EDINBURGH-PENNED MANUSCRIPT Mary Stuart A Tragedy in Three Acts Adapted from the German of Schiller by Frances Ann Kemble — Frances Ann Kemble - Friedrich Schiller — 1866

A manuscript fair copy of Fanny Kemble’s adaptation of Mary Stuart, executed with some skill in Edinburgh in the 1860s, shortly after the play’s publication in this form. Red morocco binding signed by Seton and Mackenzie of Edinburgh on the front turn-in; all edges gilt. Darkening and rubbing to extremities of the binding. Yellow coated endpapers; paper stock of manuscript with a ‘Super Line’ watermark. Manuscript title page followed by Dramatis Personae and then the text on rectos only, foliate…… Read more



A presentation copy given to the best student in French at the women-only Queen Margaret College, Glasgow University, 1899-1900 Two attractively bound volumes in quarter brown roan over marbled boards, rubbing to outer hinges; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers and a long presentation inscription on the second flyleaf. Written by Charles Martin of Glasgow University this explains that these volumes were presented by the Parisian committee of the ‘Societe Franco-ecossaise.... a Mademoiselle Jane J…… Read more


INSCRIBED BY WILLIAM GOW Drift of Isla — William Gow — 1902

Inscribed first edition of this uncommon verse collection on Scottish themes - just one institutional copy in Scotland at the NLS. Quarter dark green cloth over light green cloth, attractively combined; inscribed ‘7th Nov 1906 Yrs sincerely William Gow’. Lightly spotted paper stock, overall very good. In addition to the NLS copy OCLC locates Cambridge and BL as well as 5 copies abroad.… Read more


THE LIBRARIAN’S PERSONAL COPY The History of the Speculative Society 1764-1904 — William Watson (William Dunbar) — 1905

Owned and inscribed by William Dunbar, Librarian of the Speculative Society in the year of this book’s publication. Quarter red roan over textured paper covered boards with dried white marks near the foreedge; rubbing to hinges; tenderness to outer hinges. Top edge gilt; untrimmed foreedge and lower edge. Ownership inscription of ‘Wm Dunbar March 1905’ with a post-it note from the vendor of the book to us which reads: ‘Grandfather. Member + Librarian See Index p190 p206’. Spotting to preliminari…… Read more


INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT The Life of Jesus of Nazareth — William Hole — 1906

Attractively inscribed on the second flyleaf by William Hole ‘To the Rev. Charles J Jenkins with the Xmas greeting of his affectionate friend The Artist, Christmas 1906’. Light blue publisher’s cloth binding, torn at the base of the spine - this is a heavy volume. Browned endpapers and to the card leaves on which the plates are mounted; occasional spotting otherwise. Acquired from an old Edinburgh family. William Hole (7 November 1846 – 22 October 1917) was a Scottish Victorian painter and illus…… Read more


LIBRARY CATALOGUE OF A GLASGOW TITAN OF BUSINESS Catalogue of the Library at Philiphaugh — William Strang Steel — 1906

Catalogue of William Strang Steel’s book collection housed at Philiphaugh in the Scottish Borders, reflecting his business interests in Burma and the Far East. A handsome binding (17x26.5cm) of half deep-red crushed morocco over cloth with gilt lettering; all edges gilt. Marbled endpapers with the armorial bookplate of William Strang Steel to the first pastedown and book label indicating ‘Business Room’ as the location. The catalogue is typewritten meaning it must be one of no more than a handfu…… Read more


‘LONGING FOR A BIT OF SCOTLAND’: Diary of the Preeminent Scottish Servant of Empire & Scottish Footballer in the First Ever International Football Match with England — Sir William Alexander Baillie Hamilton — 1907

Twelve year diary (1907-1919) of a distinguished Scottish servant of the British Empire, who represented Scotland as an international footballer in the very earliest of all competitive matches with England in 1870 - and loathed his ministerial boss, the young Winston Churchill. Scion of the aristocratic Baillie-Hamilton family (Earls of Haddington) William Alexander Baillie-Hamilton (1844-1920) rose to become one of the most powerful figures at the Colonial Office in the years preceding the Grea…… Read more


ORIGINAL ARTWORK FOR TENNYSON’S POEM ‘The Departure from the Day Dream’ — Florence Susan Harrison — 1912

Original illustration for Tennyson’s Poem The Departure, published by the Glasgow firm of Blackie in their 1912 edition of Guinevere and other Poems. Pen and ink on paper (25x16cm), laid down on card depicting the downcast figures of the Princess and her lover, surrounded by rose stems and foliage, lettering on a scroll-form cartouche. The work of Florence Susan Harrison (1877-1955) brought together Pre-Raphaelite influences with the work of fin-de-siècle poster artists. Her practice is associat…… Read more


DUNDEE MUSIC RETAILERS - The Violin and the Care of the Violin: Wholesale and Export Catalogue of Violins — Larg & Sons Dundee Ltd — 1927

Violin catalogue issued by the longstanding Dundee music retailer, Larg and Sons. Brown wrappers with the label of ‘RGW Brown, Princes Street, Dundee’ to the upper cover; old fold to limp cover; stapled contents with annotations relating to violin makers. Pages a little grubby from use but extensively illustrated on good quality coated paper. No institutional copies of this catalogue located.


‘I HAVE SENT PROOFS TO MOROCCO’ Mogreb-El-Acksa: A Journey in Morocco — R B Cunninghame Graham — 1928

Annotated editorial copy with a letter from the Scottish politician and author, in which the adventurer explains that he has sent proofs for his next book from London to Morocco so that he might correct them while in the field. Original publisher’s cloth, ragged at head of spine, black lettering - a good copy of this first cheap edition. With a letter from Cunningham Grahame tipped on to the front flyleaf: written from 7 Sloane Street in London to his ‘Amigo’, stating that he has ‘sent proofs to…… Read more


‘I HAVE PASTED INTO IT A FEW THINGS’ The Charm of Birds — Viscount Grey of Fallodon [Arthur Murray, MP for Kincardineshire) — 1929

A complicated association copy inscribed first by its author, the Liberal statesman Edward Grey, to his erstwhile Parliamentary Private Secretary, Arthur C Murray the MP for Kincardineshire and later 3rd Viscount Elibank. Murray has subsequently annotated the book with his personal reminiscences of Grey, for a younger friend, inscribing the book for: ‘Kate Colville with love and best wishes from Peter (Arthur Murray) (Elibank) Sept. 8, 1954’. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Bound in the publisher’s green…… Read more


BALMORAL CASTLE ‘Programme of Pipe Music’ for 18th September, 1833 — GEORGE V — 1933

Handwritten Balmoral Castle Programme of Pipe Music for the Royal visit to Scotland in September 1933, signed by the Balmoral Piper Henry Forsyth. Small cream card embossed with George V’s cipher in gilt; gold edges and the programme for 18th September 1933. Small inky fingerprint to verso. In September 1933 the Royal family gathered en masse at Balmoral with George V present along with the Prince of Wales, the future George VI and his daughter, the late Queen Elizabeth. This is a record of thei…… Read more


BALMORAL CASTLE ‘Macaroni Au Gratin...’ A Menu Card in French — GEORGE VI — 1938

Balmoral Castle menu card for a dinner, written in French, perhaps for French-speaking guests visiting the Royal palace. Small cream card embossed with George VI’s cipher in gilt; gold edges and the menu. The text has been printed by an unknown process. August 22 1938 was the 5th birthday of the monarch’s youngest daughter, Princess Margaret. That summer saw the first Royal family gathering at Balmoral after the previous year’s Coronation of George VI and the Royal family, along with the young p…… Read more


BALMORAL CASTLE ‘Programme of Pipe Music’ for 8th August, 1938 — GEORGE VI — 1938

Balmoral Castle ‘Programme of Pipe Music’, signed by the Balmoral Piper, Henry Forsyth. Small cream card embossed with George VI’s cipher in gilt; gold edges and the programme of music for 8th August, 1938. The text has been printed in some way but Forsyth’s signature is in his hand. August 1938 was the first Royal family gathering after the Coronation the previous year of George VI and the family, along with the King and Queen’s daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret, arrived at Aberdeen by sea for…… Read more


INSCRIBED TO ALASDAIR GRAY Grieve on Geddes — Professor Sir Robert Grieve — 1992

A work that brings together three distinguished Scottish polymaths: inscribed by the author on the first flyleaf: ‘To Alasdair Gray from Bob Grieve - you will find quotations from the main biographies in the Appendices. Blessings on the good work! March 1992.’ Near fine, just a little fading to the spine. A monograph by one distinguished Scotsman, about another, and inscribed to a third. The pamphlet’s subject, Sir Patrick Geddes FRSE (2 October 1854 – 17 April 1932), was a biologist, sociologis…… Read more


An Archer Looks at the Bible: A Study of the Literal and Figurative Allusions to the Bow and Arrow — David Finnemore Hill — 1994

Oddly scarce Pentland Press imprint A fine copy in a fine jacket.


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