The Life of Thomas Ruddiman, A.M. The Keeper, for Almost Fifty Years, of the Library Belonging to the Faculty of Advocates at Edinburgh. To Which are Subjoined New Anecdotes of Buchanan

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London: Printed for John Stockdale, Piccadilly; and William Laing, Edinburgh, 1794. First Edition. Engraved frontis portrait, 2 facsimile plates (one folding); [ii], 467 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. A life of scholar, printer, librarian, and "Scotland's formost Latinist" (ODNB) Thomas Ruddiman. His RUDIMENTS was the standard 18th-century Latin grammar and while keeper to the Advocates' library he acquired an "unrivalled collection of early Scottish books" (ODNB). He was also a fierce Jacobite, engaging his press and his pen in various pamphlet wars. This LIFE, by noted economist George Chalmers, includes a list of works from Ruddiman's press. First Edition. Later half calf and green boards; front joint starting. Bookplates of A.N.L. Munby and Hugh W. Young. 2 pp of annotations in pencil to recto of ffep and first (binder's) blank in modern hand. Very good.


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