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- Reay: Looking at the Past with Reay School Pupils

Softback. A very good copy. Small ownership stamp. 52 pages. Many illustrations.
Published : Reay School, Reay 1991, First Edition

- Roll of Honour Arbroath and District 1914-1919

Hardback. Nd. c.1920? A good plus copy in the original cloth. Upper board tips a little bumped and a little wear to spine ends. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. Horizontal tear at pp.113/114 but without loss of text. Pp.[vi],243. Includes 466 photographs and about 700 entries of Arbroath men who died in the war with a good amount of biographical information. Quite scarce.
Published : T. Buncle & Co, Arbroath,

- Roxburghshire Monumental Inscriptions Vol. No. XX Kelso Cemetery Rosebank

Softback. 4to. A very good copy. Ringbind format. 202 pages. 10 illustrations.
Published : Borders Family History Society 2005, First Edition

- Rutherfurd's the Southern Counties' Register and Directory

Hardback. Oblong 8vo. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xvi,751 + adverts at end. Two folding maps.This is a facsimile reprint of the 1866 edition "containing much useful and interesting information, and very complete lists connected with the counties of Roxburgh, Berwick and Selkirk."
Published : Borders Regional Library, Selkirk 1990,

- Scottish Biographies 1938

A good copy in blue cloth faded on spine. Bookplate. Pp.xii,808. This is a Who's Who in Scotland.
Published : Jackson, Son & Company, Glasgow, First Edition

- Second Report of the Commissioners Appointed to Inquire Into the Truck System (Shetland)

Softback. Small folio. A fair copy only as the covers are splash-marked and there is a 1.5 inch tear at the foot of the front cover and title page. Pp.viii,56. Introduction by Hance D. Smith. First published in 1872 the Report gives an interesting insight into the Shetland economy at that time and the circumstances in which barter rather than cash was the basis of business.
Published : Thuleprint Ltd, Sandwick Shetland 1978,

- Short-title Catalogue of Books Printed on the Continent of Europe, 1501-1600, in Aberdeen University Library

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is price-clipped but otherwise complete and untorn. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xii,313. A short-title catalogue followed by two indices, one of printers and publishers, the other of provenances.
Published : Oxford University Press 1979, First Edition

- Strath of Kildonan Proposals for Development Special Report 5

Softback. A very good copy. 91 pages. 6 maps of which 4 are folding maps loosely inserted at rear. This was a Report to the Secretary of State for Scotland by The Highland Development Board under the Chairmanship of Sir Robert Grieve. Chapters on "Land Use", "Fishing", "Tourism and Recreation", "Helmsdale Village Planning" etc.
Published : Highland Development Board 1970, First Edition

- The Acts and Orders of the Meeting of the Estates Of the Kingdom of Scotland Holden and Begun at Edinburgh the 14th Day of March 1689. Called By Circular Letters from His Highness the Prince of Orange Under His Hand and Seal

Hardback. Large 4to. A good copy in rather dusty boards. Bookplate. 41 pages. Sets out the 40 Acts passed by the Estates of Scotland at their meeting from 14th March 1689 to 24th May 1689. Includes the act containing the Claim of Right declaring that James the Seventh had forfeited his right to the throne and offering it to William of Orange. A further Act nominated Commissioners to "treat concerning the Union" of the Kingdoms of England and Scotland.
Published : John Menzies, Edinburgh 1867,

- The Book of the Trotters Club

Hardback. A very good copy in dark green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. All edges gilt. Maroon end-papers. This is copy no. 103 but the limitation is not given. Pp.xxii,85. 14 full-page illustrations. 20 illustrations in the text. The Trotters Club originated about 1888 and was originally a rambling club and discussion group but soon became a skittles club meeting at the Sheep Heid Inn, Duddingston, Edinburgh. I understand the club still exists and meets there monthly during the skittles season. The club published two books, this and a second volume published in 1909. They contain songs, poems, photos of the club's activities etc. The songs are humorous or light-hearted with titles such as "M'Arthur's Raid on Cooross", "Gowf, Life and Skittles" etc. Contains a roll of members at 1901. The book gives a fascinating glimpse of a small part of Edinburgh life at the start of the 20th century. Loosely inserted is a newspaper review of the book from 1901.
Published : Printed for the Club By T. And A. Constable, Edinburgh 1901, First Edition

- The Book of the Trotters Club Volume Two

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. All edges gilt. Black end-papers.This is copy no. 171 but the limitation is not given. 151 pages. 24 illustrations. Contains prose pieces on the progress of the Trotters Club since the publication of the club's first volume in 1901, "A Trotter on the Himalayas" etc together with fresh songs and a Roll of the Club in 1909.
Published : Printed for the Club By Gordon Wilson, Edinburgh at the Thistle Press, Edinburgh 1909, First Edition

- The Border Counties' Magazine: a Popular Monthly Miscellany of the History, Biography, Poetry, Folk-Lore Etc of the Border Districts Volume I 1880-81 and Volume II 1881

Hardback. Two volumes in one. A fair plus copy in paper-covered boards with green cloth spine. Damp-marking to fore-edge of front and rear boards but only the foot of the first and last few pages is affected internally. Vol. I,pp.ii,288. Vol.ii,pp.ii,144.
Published : Thomas Litster, Galashiels 1881,

- The Court Guide and Royal Blue Book of Scotland a Fashionable Record, Professional Register and General Survey

A good copy in red cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Some fading to upper board. All edges gilt. Marbled end-papers. 999 pages + many pages of adverts. Heraldic illustrations. Two folding maps. A guide to the Scottish nobility, clergy, lawyers etc.
Published : Charles William Deacon & Co, London 1905, First Edition

- The Court of Holyrood in the Reign of Queen Mary from Authentic Sources

A good copy of an uncommon little work. Lacks part of title-piece on spine. Two bookplates. 194pp. Title page vignette. The authors are anonymous and not unbiassed. They describe Queen Elizabeth 1 of England thus: "Most certainly, until Catharine of Russia arose, a more worthless woman or more disgusting princess never appeared among nations. She was an arbitrary tyrant and an unamiable female; and the page of English history is as barren of every good deed and princely virtue in her, as her body was sterile and her end miserable".
Published : Privately Published, Edinburgh 1842, First Edition

- The Court of Session Garland

Hardback. A good copy in a half-leather binding which shows some wear to the spine. Marbled boards and end-papers. Top edge gilt. This is no. 4 of 150 copies. Pp.viii,331. Anecdotes, poetry etc gently making fun of the judges, advocates etc of the Court of Session in a former age. Three more modern typed poems (from the 1960's) are loosely inserted. Photographs available on request.
Published : Printed for Private Circulation, Edinburgh 1871,

- The Edinburgh Academy Register: a Record of All Those Who Have Entered the School Since Its Foundation in 1824

Hardback. A very good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt. No. 892 of 2000 copies. No ownership inscription. A little foxing. Pp.lviii,638. Frontispiece. Biographical details of all Edinburgh Academy pupils to 1914.
Published : T & A Constable, Edinburgh 1914, First Edition

- The Edinburgh Almanac, or Universal Scots and Imperial Register for 1838, Being the Second After Leap Year; with a Complete Calendar

32mo. A very good copy in a dark green full leather binding lettered in gilt on spine which has four raised bands. A little rubbing to boards. All edges gilt. Bookplate. Ownership inscription dated 1837. Pp.xii,564 + 69pp publishers' adverts. Lists of carriers, fairs, stage coaches, societies, the great and good in the army, navy, law etc. etc.
Published : Fraser & Co, Edinburgh 1837,

- The Edinburgh Almanack or Universal Scots and Imperial Register for 1823

A good copy in the rather worn original leather binding. Pp.viii,493 + 3 page index. Contains a great wealth of factual information from lists of carriers in Edinburgh, principal fairs in Scotland, members of the House of Commons, Admirals of the Royal Navy etc.etc.
Published : Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh 1822, First Edition

- The Edinburgh Almanack, or Universal Scots And Imperial Register for 1825

32mo. A good plus copy in a full leather binding. Lacks top one third of an inch from title page. Pp.viii,460. Lists of societies, regulations for hackney coaches, principal fairs in Scotland, the great and the good etc.
Published : Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh 1824,

- The Edinburgh Stock Exchange 1844 - 1944

Hardback. Nd. 1945? A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt on front board. No ownership inscription. 41 pages. 2 illustrations. Paints a picture of the Stock Exchange to mark its centenary. Contains a list of members as at 16 December 1944.
Published : Published Under the Authority of the Edinburgh Stock Exchange Association, First Edition

- The Elder and His Wife and Other Maxie Brae Folk

Illustrated by H.C. Preston Macgoun.
Nd. c. 1910. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is chipped on the spine and with a mark to upper cover. 65pp + 23pp adverts. Frontispiece and 8 illustrations.
Published : T.N. Foulis, First Edition

- The Genealogy of the Families of Douglas of Mulderg and Robertson of Kindeace with Their Descendants

A good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on upper board. 84pp. Index of surnames.
Published : A.M. Ross & Company, Dingwall 1895, First Edition

- The Glasgow Infant School Magazine

Hardback. 16mo. A good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Spine a little wrinkled. Corner clipped from half-title. No ownership inscription. Hinges sound. Pp.xii,308 + 2pp adverts. Illustrations. Music samples. An interesting little book covering natural history, bible lessons, anecdotes and stories etc.
Published : Darton & Co, London 1849,

- The Goblin Groom

Softcover. This is a twenty page booklet which gives no indication of publisher or date. It contains a poem which relates to a hunt in the Duns area of the Scottish Borders with a supernatural element. References in the poem to peers which give only first and last initials have been completed in ink.There is a short note about the poem at the end of the book above the initials "J.G."
Published : ,

- The History of the Abbey, Palace and Chapel-Royal of Holyroodhouse; Including a Description of the Buildings as They Now Exist: With an Account of the Sanctuary for Insolvent Debtors

A good copy in rather worn paper-covered boards re-backed with a grey linen spine. Illustrated upper board. New endpapers. Old ownership inscription. 118 pages. Title-page vignette and eight illustrations including a folding plan of the Abbey and Sanctuary in 1819. Brown mark at the top of a few pages.
Published : Printed By James Gall for Mrs. John Petrie, Edinburgh 1825,

- The Inauguration of the Bust of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales in the High School of Edinburgh on the 10th of November 1862

Hardback. A very good copy in blind-stamped red cloth with the coat of arms of the City of Edinburgh in gilt on the upper board. No lettering on the boards but it does not appear that any was ever present. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. Unopened. Pp.[x],102. Frontispiece photograph by McGlashan & Walker, Edinburgh. List of subscribers to the fund for the bust at rear. Each subscriber received a copy of this book. Scarce.
Published : Printed for Private Circulation By Colston & Son, Edinburgh 1863, First Edition

- The Incorporation of Wrights in Glasgow

A good copy. Pp.viii,62,lxiv. Frontispiece. Facsimile of seal. Includes historical memoranda, names of members, by-laws, note on the seal etc.
Published : James C. Erskine, Glasgow 1889,

- The National Bank of Scotland Limited 1939-1945 War Record

Hardback. Nd. 1954? A very good copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Some fading to spine and upper board. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 72 pages. A Second World War Roll of Honour together with the address given at the unveiling of the Memorial to staff who gave their lives in the war. Full page illustration of the Memorial.
Published : Privately Published, Edinburgh, First Edition

- The New Statistical Account of Scotland Vol. II Linlithgow - Haddington - Berwick

Hardback. A good sound copy in a half-leather binding with marbled boards. Spine lettered in gilt on a maroon title-piece. Some wear to spine. Bookplate. Pp.194,388,382. Three double-page hand-outlined maps. An account by the parish ministers of all the parishes within the three counties named in the title.
Published : William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh 1845, First Edition

- The Post-Office Annual Directory and Calendar for 1839-40

Hardback. A good copy in the original boards. Title on spine is partly missing. Bookplate. Pp.xxxii,357 + 8 page Report and 9 page index. Although not obvious from the title this is a Directory for Edinburgh and Leith. It includes a list of streets, an alphabeticl directory, a street directory showing who lived where in each street together with their occupation, an alphabetical list of the professions and principal trades, much general post office information etc. A genealogical treasure trove.
Published : Ballantyne and Hughes for the Letter-Carriers of the General Post-Office, Edinburgh 1839, First Edition

- The Queen's Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry 1848 to 1948

Hardback. A very good copy in a quarter leather binding lettered in gilt on the spine and decorated in gilt on the upper board. Top edge gilt. A clean copy without ownership inscription or foxing. 126 pages. 18 illustrations. Tail-pieces (wood engravings) by G.W. Lennox Paterson. Folding reproduction of Oath of Allegiance at end. Includes the Boer War and the First and Second World Wars.
Published : Printed for the Regiment By Robert MacLehose and Company Ltd, Glasgow 1948, First Edition

- The Royal Technical College Glasgow : Sacrifice and Service in the Great War

Softback. A good plus copy in dusty card covers. Internally very good with no ownership inscription or other marking. 211 pages. Frontispiece of the College's War Memorial. Includes a Roll of Honour of the 612 students and members of the College who were killed in the First World War. There is a separate Roll of those who served in the war containing 3,218 names. This includes rank, regiment, awards, whether wounded or killed and the date of their last year in the college. There is also a separate list of awards with an excerpt from the citation for the award. Loosely inserted is a letter seeking subscriptions for the College's War Memorial. A scarce item.
Published : Privately Published, First Edition

- The Scots Magazine 1752 Volume XIV

8vo. A fair plus copy in a worn half-leather binding lettered in gilt on a red title-piece. No ownership inscription and quite a clean copy internally. Pp.viii, 105-641 + 15 page Index. Some loss to outer edge of page 369/370 but with only minor loss to text. Comprises bound issues of the magazine from March to December 1752.
Published : W. Sands, A. Murray and J. Cochran, Edinburgh 1753, First Edition

- Thomas Shaw (First Lord Craigmyle) a Monograph By His Son

Hardback. 12mo. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in black. No ownership inscription and only light edge foxing. Pp.viii,87. Foreword by Neville Chamberlain. Lord Shaw of Dunfermline (as Lord Craigmyle was known in his judicial capacity) served for 20 years as a judge in the House of Lords and the Privy Council.
Published : Nicholson & Watson, London 1937, First Edition

- Two Sermons: The First By Samuel Lord Bishop of Oxford---the Second By the Warden of Trinity College, Glenalmond; Preached in Connexion with the Consecration of St. Andrew's Chapel, Fasque, on Saturday and Sunday, August 28 and 29, 1847

Softback. A near very good copy in grey card wraps. Covers a little dusty but internally clean and without inscription. Pp.viii,[2],41. Includes a notice of the consecration. Fasque was the ancestral home of the Gladstone family to which the famous 19th century Prime Minister belonged.
Published : Smith & Co, Montrose 1847, First Edition

- Views of Glasgow, Clyde and Vicinity

Hardback. Nd. c.1880. Oblong 8vo. A very good copy in blue, blind-stamped, cloth lettered in gilt on the upper board. All edges gilt. A clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. Illustrated title page. 15 engraved plates. A nice copy.
Published : Banks & Co, Edinburgh,

- Views of Stirling District

Nd. c. 1925? A very good copy. 5.75 inches by 9 inches. Consists of a series of views of the Stirling area with a few pages of a guide to the views at the end. Uncommon.
Published : Eneas Mackay, Stirling,

- War Supplement to the Edinburgh Academy Register 1824-1914 ; A Record of Those Who Served in His Majesty's Forces During the War, and of Those Who Have Entered the School Since 1914

4to. A good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. Boards a little marked and with some wear to edges. Some end-paper foxing. No ownership inscription. Pp.xxiii,143. Includes a Roll of Honour, honours awarded etc. Gives a brief desription of the service record of pupils and staff with home addresses.
Published : T & A Constable Ltd. For the Edinburgh Academical Club, Edinburgh 1921, First Edition

- Whistle-Binkie Ot the Piper of the Party Being a Collection of Songs for the Social Circle

Hardbacks. A very good two volume set in dark blueish-green cloth lettered in gilt on the spines and with a gilt logo on each front board. Top edges gilt. Small book-plate on the front fixed end-paper of each volume. Not foxed. Pp.xvi,436; xxxi,390. This edition follows that of 1853 but with some corrections and with brief Memoirs of persons connected with the work who had died since 1853. This is an anthology of Scottish poetry and song which first appeared in 1832.
Published : David Robertson & Co, Glasgow 1878,

- Whuppity Stoorie

Illustrated by Joan Hassall.
A very good copy of this Saltire Chapbook no.6. Stitched paper covers. Eight pages. Black and white illustrations by Joan Hassall.
Published : The Saltire Society, Edinburgh 1946, First Edition

"A Resident" [Rev. Colin MacDonald] - Chronicles of Stratheden a Highland Parish of Today

Hardback. A near very good copy in pebbled brown cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. No ownership inscription or other internal marking.,276 + 24pp publisher's catalogue. Tissue-guarded frontispiece. "Stratheden" is a fictional Highland parish, the book being concerned with life in the 19th century in a typical Highland parish with chapters on crofters, religion, politics, language and literature, popular entertainments etc.
Published : William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London 1881, First Edition

"Claverhouse" - Gretna Green and Its Traditions

A good copy in paper covers. Lacks pieces at both ends of spine. 78pp. 22 illustrations. Deals both with marriages and Gretna Green more generally.
Published : Alexander Gardner, Paisley 1905, First Edition

"Free Lance" - Border Rhymes

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. Top edge gilt. Bevelled edges. A clean copy with no ownership inscription and very little foxing. Pp.xvi,374. Poetry, some in Scots, by a Borders poet from Lilliesleaf.
Published : James Edgar, Hawick 1899, First Edition

"Hiawatha" - Hinniwirs Poems and Sketches

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. Gift inscription on front end-paper. Pp.viii,173. Poems and sketches from Shetland.
Published : T & J Manson, Lerwick 1924, First Edition

"J. T." - Jeannie Jaffray Aberdeen 260 Years Ago and Other Old-World Sketches

Hardback. A very good copy in light blue cloth lettered in black. Some edge foxing but largely clean internally. No ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.vii,261. Frontispiece and three other illustrations.
Published : George Dickie, Aberdeen 1910,

"J.G.D." - Soldiers of Banffshire 1899-1900 Being a List of All Banffshire Men Who Served Their Queen and Country in the South African War

Hardback. A fair copy in edge-worn boards. The boards are attached but starting to come loose. Blind-stamp of previous owner at foot of title page. 39 pages. Frontispiece and ten illustrations. Lists men by regiment (mostly Gordon Highlanders) and if killed or wounded states where and when. Includes a list of subscribers. Scarce.
Published : Banffshire Journal Office, Banff 1901, First Edition

"MagReay" - A Caithness Wife's Views on Life

Softback. Nd. c.1980? A very good copy. Small ownership label. Signed "With best wishes Magreay." 35 poems in the Caithness dialect. Sketches by Martin Savage.
Published : Margaret J. MacLaren, Reay, First Edition

"Morar" - Three Clanranalds: Highland Tales of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

Hardback. A good plus copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. Endpapers browned. No ownership inscription.,110. Highland tales, told in verse, of Allan Clanranald, Donald Clanranald and Allan Dearg, the last of the old Clanranalds.
Published : T. Fisher Unwin, London 1900, First Edition

"Tee Kay" - Some Thouchts o' Mine in Song and Verse

. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. In a good, if rather edge-worn and soiled, dustwrapper. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. Pp.vii,128. Frontispiece. Poems, written in Scots and English, by a Hawick man and mainly about that area of the Borders.
Published : James Edgar, Hawick 1924, First Edition