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Collection of Ian R. Grant, antiquarian bookseller

Identifier: Coll-1383

Scope and Contents

The material represents Ian R. Grant's seller's stock. The widely varied content of the collection includes legal documents on vellum, oaths of burgesses, inventories, correspondence and letter books, printed material such as adverts, magazines and religious pamphlets, songs and poems, family history documents, etc. It also includes a collection of c. 30 Burmese palm leaf manuscripts dating from the 19th century.

Because there was no discernible original order, the material was arranged by type of documents, as follows:

  1. Legal documents
  2. Business papers
  3. Ecclesiastical / religious documents
  4. Correspondence
  5. Songs and poems
  6. Miscellaneous


  • Creation: 1544-1986


Language of Materials

English, French, Latin, Scots, Scottish Gaelic, Italian, Burmese

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact repository for details in advance.

Biographical / Historical

Edinburgh antiquarian bookseller Ian Robertson Grant (BA Camb.) had been President of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association in 1954-1955 and again in 1973-1974. He had also been a member of the Speculative Society of Edinburgh, and had held the office of President of the Society, 1949-1950, and he had served as the Society's librarian, 1948-1949.

In 1968, Ian R. Grant edited the Bicentenary edition of the History of the Speculative Society., published in Edinburgh by T. and A. Constable.

Grant was a cousin of the Edinburgh publisher and bookseller brothers John Grant and Douglas Grant (formerly John Grant Booksellers Ltd., 31 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, and John Grant, Rare and Secondhand Books, Old Maps and Prints, 13c and 15a Dundas Street, Edinburgh).


9 boxes

Physical Location

E2012.16; CLX-A-1117 to 1124; outsize material in CLX-D-17 (Coll-1383/1/10; Coll-1383/3/7-8)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased August 2012. Accession no: E2012.16

Related Materials

Also contained within the collection on its date of acquisition were the following printed items: 'Catalogue of Books and Stationery, on sale by John Grant, Inverness', Inverness: Printed at the Courier office, 1825; 'Digestorum seu pande [...]'. Paris, 1562; 'Alphabeta ac notae diversarum linguarum pene septuaginta tum [...] ab Andrea Mullero, Grieffenhagio [...]'. Berlin: Johannem Liebermann; and, 'Four Birds-of-prey' (Russian language). Moscow, 1916.

There were also some bundles of half-titles from novels and other works by Sir Walter Scott novels, and from works of John Galt.

Processing Information

Box-list created by Graeme D. Eddie 06 December 2012. Item-level descriptions created by Kevin Hall and Aline Brodin in 2018-2020.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

Centre for Research Collections
University of Edinburgh Main Library
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Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
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