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Bound volume containing bookplate designs (ex David Laing)

Identifier: Coll-1961

Scope and Contents

Book containing twenty-one original designs for bookplates, dating from 1665 to the beginning of the 20th century, of which sixteen came from the collection of David Laing. Also contains the bookplates of the two owners of the book in the late 19th and early 20th century, Euphemia Davidson and William H. Booth.

  1. Bookplate of Euphemia Davidson, who owned the book before it was sold in 1899: 'Ex-Libris Euphemia Davidson - Viget Incinere Virtus'
  2. Bookplate of William H Booth of Ipswich, who bought the book in 1899: 'Ex-Libris William H. Booth'. Non mihi sed Deo et regi'
  3. Design for plate drawn by Sir Walter Scott for himself, signed by him, but unfinished, unique
  4. Bookplate design for the Society of Scottish Antiquaries
  5. Bookplate design for Steuart, Earl of Moray
  6. Bookplate design for John Grieve, Mert. in Edinburgh
  7. Fine emblazoned anonymous drawing, signed by E. Martin
  8. Bookplate design for Gilbert Mason, also emblazoned and signed by E. Martin, 1795
  9. Bookplate design for Sinclair
  10. Bookplate design for McNeil, designed of that Ilk
  11. Bookplate design for Fletcher, of Saltoun
  12. Bookplate design for Richard Wharton Duff, Esq.
  13. Bookplate design for Nisbet, of Dirleton
  14. Bookplate design for Sandilands
  15. Bookplate design for Chalmers Gartgarth
  16. Bookplate design for D. Sandford, 1786
  17. A Royal Coat
  18. Bookplate design for the Prince of Wales, afterwards George II
  19. Bookplate design for the Elector of Hanover (reverse)
  20. Bookplate design for Robertson
  21. Unidentified bookplate design, 1773
  22. Bookplate design for George Skene
  23. Bookplate design for William Mark(?), 1816


  • Creation: 1665-c 1900

Language of Materials

English, with mottos in English, French and Latin on the bookplates.

Physical Description

Book bound in old red morocco finely tooled in gold.

Conditions Governing Access



1 volume

Physical Location

Gen. 885

Custodial History

Sixteen of the bookplate designs were part of the David Laing Collection. The book belonged to Euphemia Davidson in the late 19th century, before being sold by Sotheby on the 8th of April 1899, to William H. Booth from Ipswich. Some bookplates were added since the sale, perhaps by William Booth.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired by the library in 1967. Accession no E67/14.

Physical Description

Book bound in old red morocco finely tooled in gold.

Processing Information

Description created by Aline Brodin in April 2019.

Bound volume containing bookplate designs (ex David Laing), 1665-c 1900
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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