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Ferguson Collection

363 items.

Frederick Sutherland Ferguson (1878-1967), managing director of Quaritch's from 1928 to 1943, made an outstanding contribution to the first edition of STC1. This portion of his personal library, purchased in 1966, contains a large number of 16th- and 17th-century items relating to Scottish history and literature.

The collection contains four works by the historian George Buchanan, including the first editions of his De Iure Regni (1579) and his Rerum Scoticarum Historia (1582).

There are four editions of the Scottish royal book of King James, Basilikon Doron, and some 25 items relating to Scottish parliamentary administration.

The Library also has a copy of Ferguson's own extensively annotated version of the first edition of STC.

1A.W. Pollard & G.R. Redgrave, A Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland and Ireland and of English Books Printed Abroad, 1475–1640 (London, 1926).

Finding aids

  • Recorded in general printed-book catalogue.
  • David W. Riley, 'English Books of the Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, with Particular Reference to History and Literature', Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, vol. 71, no. 2 (1989), pp. 88-9.


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