Volumes spanning over 200 years detailing mostly printed items, with some manuscripts, held by the Advocates Library.
Catalogues printed between 1877 and 1913 recording the special collections of the family library of the Earls of Crawford and Balcarres.
Several hundred books in Gaelic and other Celtic languages, plus works about the Gaels, their languages, literature, culture and history
See online, page by page, 'The Chepman and Myllar Prints' — nine of the earliest books printed in Scotland, in or around 1508.
A 19th-century edition of a book of the Bible with the text embossed for blind people to feel.
'Aesop's Fables' put into Scots by 15th-century poet Robert Henryson, who lived in Dunfermline. This edition printed in 1571 in Edinburgh.
Read page by page the first published collection of poems by Robert Burns, known as 'The Kilmarnock edition', printed in 1786.
There are 17 of William Shakespeare's plays in these 31 books, printed in quarto format between 1600 and 1639.
Volumes from two archives featuring 18th and 19th century Scottish printed music, and from one archive of the works of Verdi.
See the Latin church service book that was the reason printing was introduced to Scotland. Printed in Edinburgh in 1510.
Middle English language and literature as Chaucer would have known it, contained in this rare document, with a full transcription.
Read about the remarkable record of mapmaking and printing by the world-famous Bartholomew firm in Edinburgh from 1820 to 2002.
The first Atlas of Scotland, printed in 1654, containing 49 engraved maps, and 154 pages of descriptive text translated from Latin.
Read our rare copy of the first book in Europe to be printed with moveable type. Johannes Gutenberg printed it in Germany around 1455.
Trace the spread of printing across Scotland from 1508 to 1900. Read an early item produced in 73 of the first printing towns.
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