Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

19/6/2006

Billings, Robert William. The Baronial and Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Scotland. Edinburgh & London

This is an unusual version of the first edition of Billings’ magnum opus, a descriptive catalogue of notable early churches, castles and towers in Scotland, with attractive engravings of the author’s own detailed drawings. The author’s introduction is dated 29 February 1852, although the 240 plates are dated 1847-1848. Like the standard edition, this set is in four volumes, but it is printed in large folio. There do not appear to be any text or plates different to the standard edition, but the plates are positioned differently and are in superior condition due to being printed on fine India paper. A manuscript note on the inside of the front cover of the first volume suggests that this was the copy of William Blackwood, the publisher.

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