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J000320031
Book:The trees and shrubs of Fife and Kinross, by John Jeffrey and Charles Howie:1879 Book
Author: Jeffrey, John
Author: Jeffrey, Robert, 1827-1902, Collector
Author: Robert Jeffrey Collection
Year: 1879
Media class: Book
Publisher: Printed for private circulation by Reid & Son, Timber Bush
Resource type: Physical
Note: Volume bound in green leather. Gold decoration and lettering on cover and spine. Gold edges Volume has Robert Jeffrey crest affixed to spine with Robert Jeffrey bookplate inside front cover 302868
viii, 92 pages, [28] leaves of plates, illustrations ; 44 cm
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J000234149
Book:The story teller, The murderer discovered; The widow and her son; Encounter with a lion; The soldier's wife; The conflict between Grant and McPherson at Hell Bridge ...:[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: 302702j: bound with other chapbooks Chapbook 302702j: volume bound in black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Marbled lining papers 302702j: volume has Robert Jeffrey Crest affixed to spine. Bookseller's slip inside front cover 54057i 302702j
24 pages, illustration ; 16cm
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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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J000229402
Book:The village curate, an interesting tale:[182-] Book
Author: Jeffrey, Robert, 1827-1902, Collector
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Author: Robert Jeffrey Collection
Year: [182-]
Media class: Book
Publisher: Printed for the booksellers
Resource type: Physical
Note: 302702b: bound with other chapbooks Chapbook 302702b: volume bound in black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Marbled lining papers 302702b: volume has Robert Jeffrey Crest affixed to spine. Bookseller's slip inside front cover 248803 37322g 302702b
24 pages ; 16cm
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J000230317
Book:The iron shroud, or, Italian revenge:[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: 302703l: bound with other chapbooks Chapbook 302703l: volume bound in black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Marbled lining papers 302703l: volume has Robert Jeffrey Crest affixed to spine 310618 23029t 302703l
24 pages, illustration ; 17cm
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J000230361
Book:The history of Whittington and his cat, And, the story of Puss in boots:[185-?] Book
Author: Jeffrey, Robert, 1827-1902, Collector
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Author: Robert Jeffrey Collection
Year: [185-?]
Media class: Book
Publisher: Francis Orr
Resource type: Physical
Note: 302702z; 302703n: bound with other chapbooks Chapbook 302702z; 302703n: volume bound in black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Marbled lining papers 302702z; 302703n: volume has Robert Jeffrey Crest affixed to spine. 302702z: bookseller's slip inside front cover 23029l 302702z 302703n
24 pages, illustration ; 15cm
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J000230365
Book:The Madrid shaver's singular adventures and wonderful escape from the Spanish inquisition, a true story:[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: 302702e: bound with other chapbooks Chapbook Two copies in Baillie's Collection 302702e: volume bound in black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Marbled lining papers 302702e: volume has Robert Jeffrey Crest affixed to spine. Bookseller's slip inside front cover 23029o 498747z 1000717f 893334 893334a 1000779o 54057b 302702e
24 pages, illustration ; 16cm
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J000230368
Book:The wonderful adventures of sixteen British seamen, Also, a cure for the toothache:[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: 302702q: bound with other chapbooks Chapbook 302702q: volume bound in black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Marbled lining papers 302702q: volume has Robert Jeffrey Crest affixed to spine. Bookseller's slip inside front cover 23029s 54057o 302702q
24 pages, illustration ; 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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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