(LIBRARY CATALOGUE - ARTHURSTONE). ~ Alphabetical Catalogue of Library at Arthurstone. [Scotland, c. 1870s].
Manuscript, 4to (254 × 195 mm), pp. , 442, pus blanks at front and rear. Contemporary green half morocco, gilt.
A substantial library catalogue from Arthurstone House, Meigle, Perthshire, listing over 2500 titles with their respective press and shelf locations. The books cover a wide variety of subjects (science, literature, art, classics, travel, topography and agriculture) and date from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century (with the largest concentration in the later eighteenth and earlier nineteenth centuries). This is a typical country house collection in a library probably formed in the later eighteenth century and reorganised after 1869, when this handsome catalogue was evidently produced. The earliest book we have noticed is a 1550 edition of Macchiavelli, while among the latest works is Darwin’s Naturalist’s Voyage of 1845. Other authors and works include Sir Walter Scott, Charles Lyell, Shakespeare, Swift, Descartes and Ossian and there are copies of Cook’ second and third voyages, nine works on chess and eighteen on America, several pages of entries for ‘Scotland’, together with a quantity of pamphlets, many on military subjects.
Arthurstone (Perthshire, close to both Perth and Dundee) dates from around 1789 but was remodelled and extended by the industrialist and philanthorpist Peter Carmichael who added a library and a billiard room when he purchased the house in 1869. The library apparently featured oak panelling, along with intricately carved busts of literary figures ncluding Robert Burns, Wordsworth and Shakespeare.