Books published after 1640, with a broad range of subjects and languages represented.
Small cheap booklets sold on Scotland's streets were essential reading material for the masses in the 18th and 19th centuries.
A 19th-century edition of a book of the Bible with the text embossed for blind people to feel.
A look at the union of the Scottish and English crowns in 1603, and the monarch who wanted to lead a peaceful, united Britain.
Books, pamphlets and chapbooks printed in Gaelic between 1631 and 1900. Includes songs, poetry and religious books.
Original source material illustrating Scotland’s history from the 12th to 20th centuries, published by the Scottish History Society, with authoritative commentaries.
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 our rare copy of the first book in Europe to be printed with moveable type. Johannes Gutenberg printed it in Germany around 1455.
View each page of this book of prayer dated 1280 — one of the most richly illustrated manuscripts in Scotland during the Middle Ages.
This site charts the continuum of the Scots language in printed form, from the 15th century to the present day.
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