This copy was previously owned by Miss Clarke of Dunbar who presented it to The Socitey of Antiquaries of Scotland in 1784. The Society, founded by David Steuart Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan, in 1780, was granted a Royal Charter in 1783. The Society placed this copy in the National Library of Scotland in 1934 and the entire ownership of the Society’s collection was transmitted to the National Library in 1949. This copy interestingly contains a cluster of state 1 variants on multiple pages (ss3r, ss3v, ss4r, ss4v), which is rather uncommon in a tight cluster. The binding, which dates from around 1870, shows notable decorative motifs. The colour is a dark brown and it has a double border of double gold fillets, which are decorated with golden crown and flowers designs. In the centre of the front and back covers emerges a golden knot design, forming an intertwined ‘W’ and ‘S’.
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