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J000227935
Book:History of Dr. Faustus, shewing his wicked life and horrid death, and how he sold himself to the Devil, to have power for 24 years to do what he pleased. Also many strange things done by him with the assistance of Mephostophiles. With an account how the Devil came for him at the end of 24 years, and tore him to pieces:[1850?] Book
Author: Jeffrey, Robert, 1827-1902, Collector
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Author: Robert Jeffrey Collection
Year: [1850?]
Media class: Book
Publisher: Printed for the bookseller
Resource type: Physical
Note: 302703c: bound with other chapbooks Chapbook Two copies in Baillie's Collection 893426: presented by Dr. Lush 302703c: volume bound in black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Marbled lining papers 302703c: volume has Robert Jeffrey Crest affixed to spine 432433i 37322h 23030a 893426 1000717s 1000790w 54057u 893287 302703c
24 pages ; 17cm
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J000229552
Book:A tale of the rebellion of 1745, or, The broken heart, To which is added, The three wishes, and the adventures of two tee-totallers:[18--] Book
Author: Jeffrey, Robert, 1827-1902, Collector
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Author: Robert Jeffrey Collection
Year: [18--]
Media class: Book
Publisher: Printed for the booksellers
Resource type: Physical
Note: 302703w: bound with other chapbooks Chapbook 302703w: volume bound in black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Marbled lining papers 302703w: volume has Robert Jeffrey Crest affixed to spine 37320h 54057t 302703w
24 pages, illustrations ; 17cm
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J000229887
Book:Four interesting tales, A singular adventure, The robber, The red nose, The Newfoundland dog:[1850?] Book
Author: Jeffrey, Robert, 1827-1902, Collector
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Author: Robert Jeffrey Collection
Year: [1850?]
Media class: Book
Publisher: Printed for the bookseller
Resource type: Physical
Note: 302702s: bound with other chapbooks Chapbook 302702s: volume bound in black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Marbled lining papers 302702s: volume has Robert Jeffrey Crest affixed to spine. Bookseller's slip inside front cover 37322m 23030t 302702s
24 pages, illustration ; 17cm
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J000229888
Book:The history of Thomas Hickathrift:[1850?] Book
Author: Jeffrey, Robert, 1827-1902, Collector
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Author: Robert Jeffrey Collection
Year: [1850?]
Media class: Book
Publisher: Printed for the bookseller
Resource type: Physical
Note: 302702h: bound with other chapbooks Chapbook One copy in Baillie's Collection 302702h: volume bound in black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Marbled lining papers 302702h: volume has Robert Jeffrey Crest affixed to spine. Bookseller's slip inside front cover 37322n 23030s 310604 1000790s 54057f 893298 475477e 641936n 302702h
24 pages, illustration ; 17cm
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J000229893
Book:Stories of Bewick and Graham, The Berkshire lady's garland, And, Margaret and the minister:[1840?] Book
Author: Jeffrey, Robert, 1827-1902, Collector
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Author: Robert Jeffrey Collection
Year: [1840?]
Media class: Book
Publisher: Printed for the booksellers
Resource type: Physical
Note: 302702p: bound with other chapbooks Chapbook 302702p: volume bound in black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Marbled lining papers 302702p: volume has Robert Jeffrey Crest affixed to spine. Bookseller's slip inside front cover 37322v 23029r 302702p
24 pages, illustration ; 16cm
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J000229869
Book:History of James Allan, the celebrated Northumberland piper, giving an account of his parentage, education, extraordinary adventures and exploits; his numerous enlistings, and wonderful escapes, with a brief narrative of his last confinement and death in Durham Gaol, which happened in 1810:[184-?] Book
Author: Jeffrey, Robert, 1827-1902, Collector
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Author: Robert Jeffrey Collection
Year: [184-?]
Media class: Book
Publisher: Printed for the booksellers
Resource type: Physical
Note: 302703v: bound with other chapbooks Chapbook 302703v: volume bound in black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Marbled lining papers 302703v: volume has Robert Jeffrey Crest affixed to spine 37322i 310613 23029v 302703v
24 pages, illustration ; 17cm
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J000231058
Book:The factor's garland:[184-?] Book
Author: Jeffrey, Robert, 1827-1902, Collector
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Author: Robert Jeffrey Collection
Year: [184-?]
Media class: Book
Resource type: Physical
Note: 302703y: bound with other chapbooks Chapbook 556252: Poets' Corner 893137: Robert Davidson Main bequest 302703y: volume bound in black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Marbled lining papers 302703y: volume has Robert Jeffrey Crest affixed to spine 556252 893137 302703y
8 pages ; 16cm
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J000230794
Book:History of the Kings & Queens of England and Scotland, from the reign of James the First to Victoria the First:[185-?] Book
Author: Jeffrey, Robert, 1827-1902, Collector
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Author: Robert Jeffrey Collection
Year: [185-?]
Media class: Book
Publisher: Printed for the booksellers
Resource type: Physical
Note: 302703j: bound with other chapbooks Chapbook 302703j: volume bound in black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Marbled lining papers 302703j: volume has Robert Jeffrey Crest affixed to spine 498747ii 893357 475477o 641936p 302703j
24 pages, portraits ; 17cm
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J000227802
Book:The true fortune teller, or, Universal book of fate ...:[1850?] Book
Author: Jeffrey, Robert, 1827-1902, Collector
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Author: Robert Jeffrey Collection
Year: [1850?]
Media class: Book
Publisher: Printed for the booksellers
Resource type: Physical
Note: 302702w: bound with other chapbooks Chapbook One copy in Baillie's Collection 302702w: volume bound in black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Marbled lining papers 302702w: volume has Robert Jeffrey Crest affixed to spine. Bookseller's slip inside front cover 23028s 432431s 1000790ff 302702w
24 pages, illustration ; 16cm
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J000228828
Book:The loss of the pack, To which is added; The pack's address:[18--] Book
Author: Jeffrey, Robert, 1827-1902, Collector
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Author: Robert Jeffrey Collection
Year: [18--]
Media class: Book
Resource type: Physical
Note: 302703x: bound with other chapbooks Chapbook 302703x: volume bound in black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Marbled lining papers 302703x: volume has Robert Jeffrey Crest affixed to spine 432432s 376636r 76154 595931v 302703x
8 pages, illustrations ; 16cm
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In the Press

Open to view: The birds of paradise in city book worth £7m

The Mitchell Library in Glasgow is home to one of the rarest books in the world... and the public is being offered the chance to view it. VICTORIA WELDON reports

 

  • The Herald
  • 27 Nov 2018
The rare book is said to be in excellent condition.

It is one of the world’s rarest and most expensive books and has been kept under lock and key at a Scottish library for more than a century.

The Birds Of America by John James Audubon features stunning life-size, hand coloured depictions of more than 1,000 North American birds.

Only 120 copies of the book were ever made and other editions have sold for more than £7 million at auction.

The precious book is being held in a special vault at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, but members of the public are allowed to view it on request – providing they are supervised and have proof of identity.

Glasgow Mitchell Library collection manager Trish Grant inspects the John James Audubon's The Birds of America.

Library collections manager Trish Grant said: “This is one of the greatest works of ornithology, done in huge detail.

“The pages measure 39 inches by 27 inches, with 455 hand-coloured plates – they were done in detail in the absence of photography.

“You can see every feather, every shade of colour, every pattern on the birds’ legs. “It is spectacular.

“It looks as fresh as when it was new.” Running to four volumes, The Birds Of America was created by Audubon over a period of more than 20 years.

He travelled the American wilderness drawing the birds he loved and was insistent that the book was made up of life-size illustrations of all the known species of birds in North America.

The original drawings for the work were drawn from life or soon after death, depicting birds in their natural habitat.

In 1826 Audubon sailed to England with his partly finished collection and found overnight success.

He found a printer for the Birds Of America, first in Edinburgh, then London, and later collaborated with the Scottish ornithologist William Macgillivray on the Ornithological Biographies – life histories of each of the species in the work.

Auction house Christie’s previously described the finished volume as “the greatest of all bird books, [and] arguably the highest achievement of ornithological art”.

Title page from The Birds of America.

The Mitchell edition of the book was bequeathed to the library in 1902 by book collector and textile millionaire Robert Jeffrey, who had been given it as a birthday gift from his wife Margaret.

Mrs Jeffrey is believed to have paid £300 for the publication.

The book was part of a collection of precious books donated by Mr Jeffrey, which also included a Kilmarnock Edition of Robert Burns poetry.

Ms Grant explained that anyone wishing to see the book must make a request to the library in advance, adding that the publication “is not something that we would bring out everyday”.

She said: “We have a duty of care to protect the legacy for the public, but we do want to make the collections accessible.”

While well known among ornithologists and book collectors, the book also found fame on the big screen earlier this year in British-American crime drama American Animals.

The film tells the true-life story of four college students who tried to steal a copy of The Birds Of America, along with a number of other precious books, from a Kentucky library in 2004.

On the day of the robbery, the hapless thieves dropped and had to leave behind two of the biggest prizes from the heist – two enormous copies of The Birds Of America.

The students were later arrested and each served seven years in prison for the theft.

The Birds Of America has long been sought after by bibliophiles and eight years ago a complete copy of the rare first edition was sold in London at Sotheby’s for £7,321,250.

The Economist magazine estimated that five of the 10 highest prices ever paid for printed books were for copies of The Birds Of America.

The other expensive books on the list include the Bay Psalm Book, which sold at auction at Sotheby’s in New York for $14,165,000 (£11 million).

The book was produced by the Congregationalist Puritans who emigrated to Massachusetts Bay in search of religious freedom and was one of 11 surviving copies.

The first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, Comedies, Histories and Tragedies, printed in 1623, known simply as “The First Folio”, is also estimated to be worth around £4-5m.

Meanwhile, a single leaf of the Gutenberg Bible, printed by Johann Gutenberg in Mainz circa1455, sells for £50,000.

A complete version of the book, the first ever printed from moveable types in the western world, would be worth tens of millions of pounds.

An illustration from The Birds of America.

The Mitchell Library is one of Europe’s largest public libraries and is home to a collection of 1.84 million items.

Its special collections contain medieval manuscripts, including the Book Of Hours, and Incunabula (early books printed before 1500).

The public can also view books and manuscripts from the 17th and 18th century, as well as private press books, watercolours by William “Crimea” Simpson and collections of Scottish poetry.

We have a duty of care to protect the legacy for the public