Special Items from the Collection

Imrie, Lieutenant-Colonel

A Description and Section of the Strata of the Grampian Mountains, from the Plain of Kincardineshire to the Summit of Mount Battock. Inscription to the Royal Society of Edinburgh. [With Plan in colour] We have never heard of or seen another copy – though that just shows the limitations of our research! 1811 [Signature of Pat. Neill on title page]

Martin, M. (Gent.)

A Late Voyage to St. Kilda, The Remotest of all the Hebrides, or Western Isles of Scotland. With A History of the Island, Natural, Moral, and Topographical. Wherein is an Account of their Customs, Religion, Fish, Fowl, &c. As also a Relation of a late Impostor there, pretended to be Sent by St. John Baptist. Inscribed: To the Right Honourable Charles Montague, Esq;. Chancellor of His Majesty’s Exchequer, President to the Royal Society, &c. Preface. Map of St Kilda. Illustration of birds. Errata. xii,158pp. London: Printed for D. Brown, and T. Goodwin: At the Black Swan and Bible without Temple-Bar; and at the Queen’s Head against St Dunstan’s Church in Fleetstreet. 1698. [Bookplate of Paul M. Stephens Inchmartine]

Stevenson, David

Lighthouses. Frontispiece: Bell Rock Lighthouse. Prefatory Note: "The following Papers are republished with the sanction of the Author, and of the Proprietors of 'Good Words,' for which Periodical they were written" Introduction. Small illustrations. 120pp. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black 1864

Grant, William, Lord Prestongrange

The Occasional Writer: Being An Answer to the Second Manifesto of the Pretender's Eldest Son: Which bears Date at the Palace of Holy-Rood-House, the 10th Day of October, 1745. Containing Reflections, Political and Historical, upon the last Revolution, and the Progress of the Present Rebellion in Scotland. The Second Edition Corrected, To which is prefixed An Advertisement from the Publisher. vii,52pp. London 1746

Landt, G

A Description of the Feroe Islands, containing An Account of their Situation, Climate, and Productions; Together with the Manners, and Customs, of the Inhabitants, their Trade, &c. Illustrated with a Map, and other Engravings. Translated from the Danish. Author's Preface. Errata. A New Map of the Feroe Islands xiv, 426pp. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster Row. 1810

Heron, Robert

Observations made in A Journey through the Western Counties of Scotland, in the Autumn of 1792. Relating to the Scenery, Antiquities, Customs, Manners, Population, Agriculture, Manufactures, Commerce, Political Condition, and Literature of these Parts. In Two Volumes. Newly illustrated by Thirteen Views of the Most Remarkable Scenery, An Accurate Table of the Roads, and Map[coloured] of Scotland. Vol. I Dedication to The Right Honourable Henry Dundas. Directions to the Binder (for placing plates in both volumes.) Reasons for the collection of materials in present work. Roads of Scotland. Index. Map of Scotland. iv, 387pp. Vol. II 513pp. Advertisement. The Second Edition. Perth: Printed for W. Morison, Perth, and Stewart & Meikle, and John Murdoch, Glasgow. 1799 [Bookplate of Sir Norman Lamont, Baronet. Of Knockdow.]

Shaw, William

An Analysis of the Galic Language. Inscribed to the Right Honourable The Earl of Eglintoune. Subscribers Names. Introduction. (An exploration of the structure and grammar) xxiv, 156pp. London: Printed for the Author, by W. and A. Strahan; And sold by J. Donaldson in the Strand; and C. Elliot, Edinburgh. 1778

Shaw, William

A Galic and English Dictionary. Containing All the Words in the Scotch and Irish Dialects of the Celtic, that could be collected from the Voice, and Old Books and MSS. Two Volumes in One. Vol.I Dedication to His Grace Alexander, Duke of Gordon, Marquis and Earl of Huntly, Lord Badenoch, Baron Enzie, &c. &c. &c. One of the Sixteen Peers of Scotland, and Knight of the Most Antient Order of the Thistle. Preface. A List of Subscribers. Vol. II An English and Galic Dictionary. Containing The most usual and necessary Words in the English Language, explained by the correspondent Words in the Galic. London: Printed for the Author, by W. and A. Strahan; And sold by J. Murray, Fleet-street; P. Elmsly, Strand; C. Elliot, J. Balfour, and R. Jamieson, Edinburgh; D. Prince, Oxford; Messrs. Merril, Cambridge; Wilson, Dublin; and Pissot, at Paris. 1780

The two books above by Rev. William Shaw go closely together and are now very rare. The latter is "The first and only edition of the first Gaelic/English Dictionary":

"William Shaw 1749-1831 was born at Clachaig in the Isle of Arran and was a graduate of Glasgow University. He went to London, and there met Dr. Johnson. When he told Johnson of his great scheme for making a collection of Gaelic words, the old Doctor approved. "Sir," said he, "if you give the world a vocabulary of that language, while this Island stands, your name will be remembered." Recorded amongst the list of subscribers are James Boswell and Samuel Johnson. In 1778 Shaw travelled throughout the Highlands of Scotland and the Hebrides and then through Ireland and collected nearly thirty thousand articles for a Dictionary. In the preface Shaw acknowledges help in particular from a minister in Mull for 200 words and Sir James Foulis, and in Ireland Col. Vallancy who had many manuscripts and books and manuscripts in Trinity College Library."