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An Uncommon Smile

In this post Eddie Martin from our Photo team describes an unusual early portrait photograph in our collections which has caught his eye recently. Born in 1819, Cornelius Jabez Hughes followed his father into the business of tailoring before in 1847 learning the craft of Daguerreotype photography from John Mayall in London. Shortly afterwards he…

3 September 2019new acquisitions Photographic Collection

Pioneering Photographs: Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s ‘Idylls of the King’, photographically illustrated by Julia Margaret Cameron (1875)

Thanks to a most generous grant from the Friends of the National Libraries’ B. H. Breslauer Fund, the Library has recently been able to acquire a beautiful copy of one of the most famous nineteenth-century collaborations between a poet and a photographer: Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, and Other Poems, 1875, photographically illustrated…

12 March 2019new acquisitions Photographic Collection

A New Acquisition: J Pugh’s Photographic Documentation of Scottish Cultural Heritage

Joining the Library’s Special Collections Division last September, Weitian Liu is the Enlight Foundation scholar. Weitian is currently pursuing an MPhil in History of Photography and working with the photo team in Special Collections on the cataloguing of the Franki Raffles Collection and other tasks. In this blog post, Weitian introduces one of the recent…

1 March 2019new acquisitions Photographic Collection

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ‘Fancy in Nubibus’, 1817

This week we present a manuscript of the sonnet ‘Fancy in Nubibus. Or The Poet in the Clouds’ by the poet, critic and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). The document is one of the highlights of the Marseille Middleton Holloway collection, recently entrusted to the University. One of the major figures of English Romanticism, Coleridge…

22 August 2018Manuscript Collection new acquisitions

Creating facsimiles of the Marseille Middleton Holloway Albums

In 2017 the University of St Andrews Library was privileged to be entrusted with two albums containing letters and autographs from some of the most illustrious names in history, art and literature. As an important new resource for a wide range of scholars, priority was given to the digitisation of the albums – with the…

23 July 2018Manuscript Collection new acquisitions Reprographics

Letter of Queen Elizabeth I

This blog has been temporarily removed to allow the letter from Queen Elizabeth I to be set as a palaeography assignment for our students.  

5 June 2018Manuscript Collection new acquisitions

Recent Acquisition – Letter from Robert Burns

A wife’s head is immaterial, compared with her heart” Robert Burns This year we are able to present an exciting addition to the Burnsiana in our collections – a letter from Robert Burns to a friend and mentor, dated 1788, containing two original Burns songs. The item, seen below, is part of the Marseille Middleton…

25 January 2018collections highlights Manuscript Collection new acquisitions

A trip to the book doctor for a broken spine

A copy of The Whole Booke of Psalmes in Prose and Meeter, printed in Edinburgh by Andro Hart in 1617 was presented to Special Collections by Roger and Frances Stewart in May 2017; to mark both the 400th anniversary of the volume’s printing and the 50th anniversary of Roger Stewart’s first matriculation at the University…

30 November 2017conservation new acquisitions Rare Book Collection

Launch Event for the Marseille Middleton Holloway Collection

A special event to mark the gift of the Marseille Middleton Holloway Collection was held on 24th October 2017. We were thrilled to be able to welcome 13 of Holloway’s descendants to the University Library’s Napier Reading Room where they saw on display the albums and family papers which they had presented to the University,…

27 October 2017Events exhibitions new acquisitions

Mary’s dissertation uses one of our beautiful manuscripts

In this week’s blog Mary McClure, a final year Art History and Medieval History student, discusses the Book of Hours that formed the basis of her Art History dissertation, entitled ‘MS38988: a Life History’. This late medieval Book of Hours (ms38988) is a physical record of all those who participated in its construction and use.…

1 June 2017Manuscript Collection new acquisitions