Friday, April 09, 2010

Special Collections Showcase: Scrapbook of Historiated Initials

This regular feature of our blog highlights items from the Library's Rare Books and Special Collections, which are currently being recatalogued, audited and researched by staff in the Library. Today we look at a scrapbook of historiated initials, collected by Adam Gowans in the early 20th century.
Adam Luke Gowans graduated with an MA from the University of Glasgow in 1895 before entering publishing. This scrapbook was probably used to compile examples of historiated initials and letters that could be used as the basis for those in his published works.
The Library's Special Collections include a number of rare or valuable titles, some dating back to the sixteenth century. These titles are mostly held in the Mackintosh Library. Because of the value of these itmes, special access arrangement are in place, with viewing strictly by appointment only with our Academic Liasion Librarians.