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Correspondence of or concerning authors published by John Murray, with related manuscripts., 1743-1994.

Identifier: MSS.42000-42631

Scope and Contents

This series is of the correspondence and papers, including some manuscripts, of many of the most prominent authors published by John Murray, publishers. The papers represent the relationship between author and publisher. There are particularly significant holdings relating to Isabella Bishop (Isabella Bird), George Crabbe, Charles Darwin, Sir Charles and Elizabeth Eastlake, Richard Ford, John Franklin, William Gladstone, Sir Francis Head, Sir Austen Henry Layard, David Livingstone, Thomas Moore, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Southey and Sir William Smith.

In this series too are papers relating to editors of the 'Quarterly Review', including John Wilson Croker, Whitwell Elwin, John Gibson Lockhart and George Prothero. Other publishing ventures are also represented, such as the ‘Handbooks for Travellers’ series, the ‘Family Library’ and 'The Representative' newspaper.


  • Creation: 1743-1994.


Conditions Governing Access

Normal access conditions apply.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.


632 Folders

Language of Materials

From the Fonds: English


The papers are arranged alphabetically by author surname. Correspondence within each author is then ordered chronologically, while other related papers are placed after the correspondence. Papers relating to publishing ventures are placed in alphabetical order by publication at the end of the alphabetical author sequence.

Custodial History

The general arrangement of the papers was established while the papers were in the custody of John Murray, publishers.

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

Archives and Manuscript Division
National Library of Scotland
George IV Bridge
Edinburgh EH1 1EJ
0131 623 3700