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CONTENTS.

INTRODUCTION.

Defence of the book collector-Plan of the work—Total number of books in the lib-

raries described-Manuscripts--Fifteenth-century printing-Bibles, psalm-books,

and prayer-books-Witchcraft-Poetry and the drama--Shakespeare, Byron,

Shelley, Tennyson-Scottish poetry-First edition of Burns's works-Scottish

biography, history, and topography-A bibliographical society for Scotland-

Glasgow books-Boyd's "Last Battell of the Soule”. --Scottish Trials--Chap-

books-Broadsides-Jerusalem and the Holy Land-General history-Fine Art

Angling-Alchemy-Philology-Fiction, first editions--Bibliography-Proverbs

and Ana,

13-31

CHAPTER I.

STIRLING'S AND GLASGOW PUBLIC LIBRARY.

The founder, his ancestors, personal appearance, will and death---Beginning of the

library-- First board of directors,

31-44

CHAPTER II.

The number of volumes left by Mr. Stirling-Early catalogues--Reprint of the first

catalogue,

45-61

CHAPTER III.

Inadequacy of the Bequest--Books to be lent out--Opening of library-- First lib-

rarian--Incidents of early years--Mr. James Pate-Library removed to Hutche-

sons' Hospital-Affairs in confusion : inquiry and report-John Struthers-

Alterations on the constitution--New buildings--Amalgamation of Glasgow

Public Library-Scouler Bequest-Decline of the library,

61-74

CHAPTER IV.

Appointment of new librarian-Increase in membership and issue-Stocktaking-

Arrangement of the books, Difficulty of classifying the library while in use-

Want of room--Scheme of classification-Growth of the library-Prominent

directors-Vice-presidents-Bailie Bogle-William Euing--Michael Connal---

Treasurers--Secretaries--Robert Reid, “Senex"-Interesting donation-Present

board of directors---Donors-Manuscripts,

75-86

CHAPTER V.

Fifteenth-century printed books-Valuable copy of the New Testament-Dante's

“Divina Commedia,” rare 1481 edition- Professor Julianus Guzzlemus-Bibles

and other rare and valuable books-Summary,

86-100

CHAPTER VI.

THE MITCHELL LIBRARY.

The founder-Terms of the Bequest-Constitution of the library-First library com-

mittee-Leading principles followed in the formation and management of the

library-Purchase of the library of Professor Innes, of books from the library of

Professor Stevenson, and of Euing duplicates in the library of the University of

Glasgow.- Temporary premises secured,

· 101-112

CHAPTER VII.

Appointment of Mr. F. T. Barrett as librarian--Other officers--Catholicity and com-

prehensiveness aimed at in the purchase of books--Gift of books from the Uni.

versity of Glasgow-Arrangement of the books - The catalogue,

112-117

CHAPTER VIII.

Opening of the library- First book issued-Rapid increase of readers-Magazine

room-Donations, Chalmers Bequest-Exchanges-Gift of early Glasgow print-

ing from Mr. J. Wyllie Guild-Noir Bequest-Purchase of the Burns collection
formed by Mr. James Gibson-More donations-Improvement in trade, decrease

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biography, history, and topography-Ruskin's works--Other fine art books---

Fiction- Bibliography, etc.,

263-268

CHAPTER XVII.

LIBRARY OF ALEXANDER MACDONALD, ESQ.

General remarks–Psalters and Bibles—Witchcraft, case of Christian Shaw-Poetry-

Scottish poetry-Forbes's Cantus, Watson's Scots poems-Illiterate Glasgow

printer-Chap-books-Symson's elegies-Jean Adam, authoress of “There's Nae

Luck About the House "-David Laing's copy of his edition of Dunbar's poems-

First book printed in Stirling-Robert Lekprevick the printer-Gowrie Conspiracy

-- Scottish topography-Graham of Killern and Rob Roy-Scottish biography-

Glasgow books--Boyd's "Last Battell of the Soule"— The first book printed in

Glasgow-First Glasgow directory, 1783—Maps of Glasgow-Glasgow periodicals

-- Children's books one hundred years ago-King James's “Counterblaste to

Tobacco"-Broadsides and Proclamations-Conclusion,

268-287

CHAPTER XVIII.

LIBRARY OF BERNARD B. MACGEORGE, ESQ.

A library of fine art and first editions-Fine collection of Blake's works-Original

letter and poem by Blake, never before printed-Extensive and fine collection of

the works of John Ruskin-Magnificent collection of etchings by Méryon-Other

fine art books, First editions—Byron, Moore's copy of the rare volume of Poems,

1807 ; lines on the birth of a son to Mr. Hoppner-Shelley, Beckford on Queen

Mab--Keats-Tennyson-Collier's works and reprints-Gray's elegy-Scott-

Rogers, Amusing notes on "Human Life,” by Beckford-Boccaccio's Decameron-

Swift, Tale of a Tub, Gulliver's Travels-Defoe, Robinson Crusoe-Johnson-

Goldsmith-Beckford's Vathek -Lamb-Dickens-Thackeray-Undine, illus-

trated by Thackeray-Scottish books-Glasgow books--Album containing letters

by Dickens, Dumas, and Reade-Poems in autograph of Longfellow and Swin.

burne-Conclusion,-

290-304

CHAPTER XIX.

LIBRARY OF ALEXANDER BENNETT M'GRIGOR, ESQ., LL.D.

Character of the library-Arrangement and appearance-Department of theology and

philosophy-Some rare works by Luther-Bassandyne Bible-Poetry-Proof copy

of Tennyson's “In Memoriam"-Works on Scotland-Glasgow almanacs-

Switzerland and the Alps-Jerusalem and the Holy Land, list of eighty-four

foreign works from 1502 to 1874—General history-Biography-Fine arts-

Fiction--Classical writers-Almanacs-Bibliography-Pamphlets, 305-322

CHAPTER XX.

LIBRARY OF THOMAS ADAM MATHIESON, ESQ.

Mr. Mathieson's connection with Hutchesons' Hospital-General remarks on his

library-Ruskin-Poetry-Scottish books—Glasgow books—Strang's Progress of

Glasgow-Glasgow Looking-Glass-Herald to the Trades' Advocate-Wynd

Church case-Interesting and amusing pamphlets-Conclusion,

323-332

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CHAPTER XXI.

LIBRARY OF JAMES BARCLAY MURDOCH, ESQ.

Mr. Murdoch-Similarity and dissimilarity of Scottish libraries--Poetry and the

drama--The Muse's Welcome-Scottish songs and ballads-Works of Laing and

Maidment-Important copy of the poems of Burns-Scottish history, topography,

and biography-Copy of Boyd's "Last Battell of the Soule," with rare 1628 title-

page, once the property of Gabriel Neil, Boyd's biographer-Glasgow books and

periodicals-Chap-books, two highly interesting volumes-Works illustrated by

Cruikshank-George IV. pamphlets, extraordinary collection-Hone's publica-

tions-Bewick-Zoology, geology, and general science-Legends and fairy tales

Bibliography-Conclusion, -

333-348

CHAPTER XXII.

LIBRARY OF THOMAS RUSSELL, ESQ., M.P.

General remarks--Printed catalogue of the collection-"Ship of Fools"--Chaucer's

works—“Rede me," etc., no other copy--Spenser's Fairy Queen--Douglas's trans-

lation of Virgil-Chapman's translation of the Iliad and Odyssey-Shakespeare's

poems, first edition, 1640–First edition of “Paradise Lost”-Autograph of
Milton-Hannay's Nightingale"-" Vision of Piers Plowman"--Lithgow's

travels--Southwell's “St. Peter's Complaint"-Gascoigne, Churchyard, and

other early writers--Coleridge-Life and acts of Bruce-Burns—Wallace-

Songs-Collier's reprints --Nugae Derelictae-First edition of Hollinshed's

Chronicle-Boyd's Last Battell of the Soule in Death," with rare 1628

title-page--Boyd's “Four Letters of Comfort"--Glasgow books-- Ruskin-Con.

clusion,

349-362

CHAPTER XXIII.

LIBRARY OF MATHEW SHIELDS, ESQ.

Character of the collection-Witchcraft-Kirkcudbright case-Bovet's "Panda-

monium "-Scottish poetry-Home's “Douglas" - Burns-Clark's version of the

Song of Solomon-Defoe's "Caledonia"-The Pockmanty sermon--Knox's

“Historie of the Reformation," first edition - Covenanting tracts-“Terrible
Newes from Scotland "-Patrick Walker--Letter from a blacksmith on the

religious state of Scotland---Biography-Darien tracts—Prince Charles's Account

of the battle of Falkirk-Scottish topography-Glasgow books-Glasgow periodi.

cals-Views of Glasgow-Poems on Glasgow-Paisley books-Scottish trials

Tinclarian Doctor - Chap-books---Conclusion,

363-386

CHAPTER XXIV.

LIBRARY OF JOHN WORDIE, ESQ.

Nature of the collection--General collections of proverbs --Anecdote illustrating the

state of old Scottish inns--C'lassical proverbs-Eastern proverbs-- Proverbs of

modern European nations-English, Scottish, and Gaelic proverbs-Ana-Scottish

books-Works of T. S. Muir-Orkney and Shetland - Language John Grub-

Conclusion, ·

86-402

CHAPTER XXV.

LIBRARY OF ALEXANDER YOUNG, ESQ.

Size and character of the collection-New Testament, Psalms, Paraphrases, and

Prayer-books-- Googe's "Popish Kingdome"– Rogers's translation of “The Imita-

tion of Christ"— Witchcraft-- Early English popular literature-Chaucer—"Piers

Plowman A Dicer's Opinion of the making of Dice and Cards "-Spenser-

Entry of James I. into London-Decker---Rowlands-Greene-Overbury-Shake-

speare-Taylor, the water poet-Anthony Munday-Milton-Beaumont and

Fletcher-Kerrick-Suckling-Byron --Scottish books--Sir W. Alexander, Earl

of Stirling-Boyd's “ Last Battell of the Soule "— Barbour's “Bruce”- First edi.

tion of Burns's poems-Hollinghed's chronicles—M'Ure's View of Glasgow-Glas-

gow books-Printing by Wynken de Worde, Pynson, and Treveris---Hakluyt's

voyages-Robinson Crusoe-Gulliver's Travels—Classical writers-Douglas's

translatiov of Virgil's Æneid--Chapman's Homer- Dibdin's works, 402-432

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PUBLIC AND PRIVATE

LIBRARIES OF

GLASGOW.

INTRODUCTION.

Defence of the Book-collectorPlan of the WorkTotal

number of Books in the Libraries describedManuscriptsFifteenth Century Printing--Bibles, Psalmbooks, and Prayer-books-Witchcraft-Poetry and the Drama-Shakespeare, Byron, Shelley, Tennyson -Scottish Poetry-First edition of Burns's Works

-Scottish Biography, History, and Topography-A Bibliographical Society for Scotland-Glasgow Books -Boyd's Last Battell of the Soule”--Scottish Trials

Chap BooksBroadsides-Jerusalem, and the Holy LandGeneral historyFine Art-AnglingAlchemy-PhilologyFiction, first editionsBibliography-Proverbs and Ana.

As an ambassador into a strange and unknown country is usually granted an appreciative audience on his return home, so the present writer, who has made a pleasant voyage into some hitherto undescribed regions, trusts he may be pardoned for thinking he has a story to tell, and for hoping that he may be credited with more than the average veracity of story-tellers and travellers. Perhaps the plainness of his unvarnished tale may be forgotten in the interest of the subject.

No apology need surely be necessary for this offering at the shrine of the bookhunter. Many a time

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