Begg Collection


Begg Collection


This is a selection from the collection of the late Maxwell (Max) Alexander Begg (1933-1988). Originally from Caithness, Begg graduated from Edinburgh University and started work in the National Library in 1961. He was working as an Assistant Keeper in the British Antiquarian division at the time of his death. The collection consists of 345 printed items, and has three main themes: first editions (in dust-jackets) of the works of modern Scottish authors; a collection of the works of Rudyard Kipling, notable for a number of pirated American editions, some of which were not published elsewhere, and books about Caithness and books written by authors from that county.


The books have been catalogued individually and have the shelfmark 'Begg.'.


The collection was presented to the Library, in accordance with Max Begg's wishes, by Mrs Phyllis M Campbell and Mrs Christine Sinclair in 1989.

Related collections

Manuscripts of the 19th and the 20th centuries relating to the history of Caithness were also bequeathed by Max Begg to the Library and are held at Acc.9808.




Caithness (county of, Scotland)

Kipling, Rudyard

Scottish history and literature

First editions