Scottish Isles


BOSWELL, JAMES: Life of Johnson including their Tour to the Hebrides. Edited by John Wilson Croker. A New Edition with much additional matter.

Item No. 16510

London: John Murray, 1847. Frontispiece with tissue guard (comprising 6 portraits), additional engraved title. Large 8vo ( 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches), 874-pages. Finely bound full contemporary fine grain crimson morocco, sides ruled in gilt enclosing large gilt corner ornaments, spine gilt in compartments and on raised bands, gilt lettered direct, all edges gilt, inner gilt dentelles; a little very light rubbing here and there but overall excellent and most attractive.

Crack to paper of gutter between frontispiece and engraved title but not affecting the hinge itself which remains absolutely firm.

1920's prize inscription on front pastedown signed N. Egerton Leigh.


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BOYD, HERBERT J: Strange Tales of the Western Isles.

Stirling: Eneas Mackay, 1930. First edition. 8vo (7 3/4 x 5 inches), 295-pages. Original orange cloth; very good indeed in good dust jacket which has been strengthend at head & tail of spine on reverse & now in a removable plastc sleeve.


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BUCHAN, ALEX: A Description of Saint-Kilda, giving an account of its Situation, Extent, Soil, Product, Bays, Rocks, Adjacent Islands, Ancient Laws, Government, Religion, Customs and Late Reformation. Printed in the Year MDCCLXXIII.

Item No. 10638

Glasgow: Re-printed for John Wylie, 1818. Narrow 8vo, pp.61, modern grey boards with paper label. A very good copy.


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COCKBURN, A.M: Geology of St. Kilda. Being Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Vol. LVIII Part II (No. 21) 1934-1935.

Item No. 16966

Edinburgh: Robert Grant, 1935. 5 plates. 4to (12 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches), pages: 511-547, original printed wrappers; slightly spotted, rubbed at spine ends.


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DOUGAL, JOHN WILSON: Island Memories.

Edinburgh: Moray Press, 1937. First edition. Plates. 8vo (7 3/4 x 5 inches), 187-pages. Original green cloth; extremities rubbed, corners bumped, overall good.


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EMERY, NORMAN: The Archaeology and Ethnology of St.Kilda. No.1. Excavations on Hirta 1986-90.

Item No. 16964

Edinburgh: HMSO, 1996. First edition. Illustrations.4to (11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches), 218-pages. Softback. Corners a trifle rubbed, overall good.


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HARMAN, MARY: An Island called Hirte. A History and Culture of St. Kilda to 1930.

Isle of Skye:Maclean Press, 1997. First edition. Plates. 8vo (10 x 7 inches), 33-pages, original cloth; fine in excellent dust jacket which has the slightest of edge curling. Inscribed and signed presentation label from the author affixed to half-title.


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LAWSON, BILL: Croft History of St.Kilda.

Isle of Harris: Bill Lawson Publications, 1993. First edition. Folio (11 3/4 x 8 inches), 34-pages, original wrappers spiral bound; very good.


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MACDONALD, DR. (of GISLA): Tales & Traditions of the Lews.

Stornoway: Mrs Macdonald, 1967. 8vo (7 1/2 x 5 inches), 297-pages plus index and pedigrees, some folding, at end. Original cloth. Excellent in very good dust jacket which is now protected by a removable plastic sleeve. Name and address on front free endpeper. £15.00

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MACGREGOR, ALASDAIR ALPIN: Searching the Hebrides with a Camera.

Item No. 16970

London: Harrap, 1933. First edition. Plates. 8vo (7 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches), 238-pages. Original tan cloth; headbands bruised, a little foxing to prelims. Overall a very good clean copy.


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MACKENZIE, W. C: History of the Outer Hebrides (Lewis, Harris, North & South Uist, Benbecula, and Barra).

Edinburgh: James Thin, Mercat Press, 1975. Reprint. 8vo (9 1/2 x 6 inches), 623-pages. Original blue cloth; very good. Small gift inscription on front free endpaper.


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MACLENNAN, KENNETH: Tong. The Story of a Lewis Village.

Item No. 16975

Printed by the Stornoway Gazette for the Tong Historical Society [ 1984 ]. Illustrations throughout. 4to (12 x 8 1/2 inches), 154-pages. Some rippling to some margins. Original (?) blue cloth lettered in gilt. No title-page as such, as issued we would imagine.


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MACPHERSON, DUNCAN: Lure of the West.

Stirling: Eneas Mackay, 1950. First edition. Plates, map. 8vo (7 1/2 x 5 inches), 249-pages, original pale blue cloth. Narrow pale mark on title else very good.


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MARTIN, M. - BUCHAN, ALEX - SHERLEY, JOHN - JOHN WYLIE & CO. (Publishers): Three works in one volume (as described below) being Martin's "Voyage to St Kilda"; Sherley's "A Full Lamentable Chronycle of the Dethe of James Stewarde"; & Buchan's "Description of Saint Kilda".

Item No. 16951

Item No. 16951

Item No. 16951

Item No. 16951

Glasgow: Re-printed for John Wylie & Co. by R. Chapman, 1818. Three pamphlets published by Wylie in 1818 here bound together. Small 8vo, (7 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches). paginated as under. Nicely bound modern quarter brown calf, gilt lettered direct, marbled boards. Small attractive bookplate. In excellent condition and very clean internally.

The three works are:

A), MARTIN, M. "A voyage to Saint Kilda, the remotest of all the Hybrides, or Western isles of Scotland : to which is added, an account of Roderick, the late imposter there ......... printed in the year MDCXCVIII" [ Being An account of Hirta and Rona, given to Sir Robert Sibbald by Sir George M'Kenzie.Notices respecting the ancient Royal Library of Scotland.Chamæleon / written by G. Buchanan, against the Laird of Lidingtone.]. (108-pages).

B). [SHERLEY, JOHN]: "Here folowing begynnythe a full lamentable cronycle, of the dethe and false murdure of James Stewarde, kyng of Scotys, nought long agone prisoner yn Englande, the tymes of the kyngs Henrye the fifte and Henrye the sixte. From a Manuscript written in MCCCCXL". (29-pages).

C). BUCHAN, ALEX. "Description of Saint Kilda : giving an account of its situation, extent, soil, product, bays, rocks, adjacent islands, ancient laws, government, religion, customs, and late reformation ... Printed in the Year MDCCLXXIII" (61-pages).


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ROBSON, MICHAEL: St. Kilda. Church, Visitors, and 'Natives'.

Item No. 16973

Isle of Lewis: Islands Books Trust, 2005. First edition. Plates. 8vo (9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches), 756-pages. Excellent in like dust jacket.


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SETON, GEORGE: St. Kilda Past and Present.

Item No. 16971

Item No. 16971

Item No. 16971

Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1878. First edition. Frontispiece and 12 tinted plates/maps. 4to (9 1/4 x 7 inches), 346-pages. Rebound in blue cloth, upper panel from front cover of original binding retained, spine with black/gilt leather lettering piece. Binding very rubbed, front free endpaper soiled. Blindstamp of John Leng & Co. Dundee on upper margin of title and first 2 leaves. Generally intenally very good.


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