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Rax me that Buik

Highlights from the Collections of the National Library of Scotland

Iain Gordon Brown

ISBN: 978 1 85759 638 0
Size: 274 x 196 mm / 7.7 x 10.7 in.
Binding: softcover
Pages: 112
Images: 120

UK £14.95 / US $29.95


  • A wide-ranging survey of an extraordinary and eclectic collection
  • Reflects the major contribution Scotland and the Scots have made to world history and culture


From its 17th-century origins, the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh, one of the great research libraries of the world in every field, has developed an extraordinary collection of printed and manuscript material relating to Scotland and to the Scots. From genuine early Gaelic literature and the fictions of Ossian; from Mary, Queen of Scots, to explorer David Livingstone and architect Robert Adam; from great figures of the Enlightenment of the stature of David Hume and Adam Smith, to soldiers like Earl Haig; from Inveraray and Culloden to the furthest reaches of Australia and America, the Scots and Scotland have made history and changed the world. This celebration of the Library’s Scottish collections, widely interpreted, provides a brief history of the institution and the development of its holdings, and focuses on a selection of the most interesting, exciting and unusual items, often going beyond the conventional ‘treasures’, describing and illustrating each one.


Dr Iain Gordon Brown is Principal Curator of Manuscripts in the National Library of Scotland and has published extensively on many aspects of the collections.


"delightful, quirky…a thoroughly enjoyable celebration of Scotland and Scottishness"
Rare Books and Special Collections Group Newsletter

"a celebration of a great national institution…deserves to be read and savoured"

"[a] charming book…a delight for anyone with an interest in Scottish history, literature or visual arts"
Scottish Art News

"[a] beautifully illustrated and lively collation…it offers a butterfly net of delights"
The Glasgow Herald

"well-illustrated and erudite…no-one will come away from this book without having encountered new things of interest"
18th Century Scotland