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William Henry Playfair: Memoranda

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.6305

Scope and Contents

The volume contains notes on bridge construction and on watercolour painting (fos 2-12); a journal of an excursion from Edinburgh to Arran and back, 1-9 May 1811, with notes of expenses (fos 13-20 and 44r-43r); undated notes of other travelling expenses (fo. 47r); pencil sketches, one of a crane at Bell Rock Lighthouse (fos 47v and 45); and addresses of London tradesmen (fo. 42v). Fos 42-47 are entered from the back of the book. Fos 20v-42r are blank. Administrative / Biographical History


  • Creation: 1850 (Circa)


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1 volume(s) (1 volume)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The volume includes a loose note from Geo. W. Johnston to S.G. Perceval, 25 April 1892, stating that 'both' manuscripts were bought by him from the collection of the late James Gibson Craig, 1887. Presented to the Library by Spencer George Perceval, 1921.

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