Birkbeck Collection


Birkbeck Collection


A selection of around 260 volumes, including 35 volumes of pamphlets, selected from the library of the Scottish printer John Addison Birkbeck (died 1971), founder of the Rathalpin Press in 1919. These are mainly 20th-century works dealing with printing processes, the history of printing, lettering, type and typography. The collection contains a number of examples of typefounders' specimens and printing trade journals, a subsidiary theme being a group of 19th- and 20th-century guide-books relating to Scotland. In addition to the books, the collection includes composing sticks, printing types, wood-engraved blocks, binders' tools, and an example of a hand type mould.


The books have been catalogued individually and have the shelfmark 'Birk.'. The printing types, wood-engraved blocks etc. are not catalogued.


The collection was bequeathed to the Library by John Birkbeck and received in 1971.

Related collections

Birkbeck's correspondence and papers, as well items relating to Dundee Typographical Society were also bequeathed to the Library. The manuscripts are held at Acc.5227.




Printing, history and study of, fine printing