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‘Autobiography of a nineteenth century printer’ by Samuel Kinnear, 1878, 1886-1887, with a diary, 1887, and poems, 1888., 1878-1888.

Identifier: MS.1938

Scope and Contents

After an apprenticeship in Glasgow, the author was a printer in Edinburgh from about 1837. His narrative includes accounts of current events, of Edinburgh printers, and of literary and ecclesiastical celebrities, of whom there are many portraits. The illuminated title and dedication were written by James Watson, Writing Master.


  • Creation: 1878-1888.

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268 Leaves ; Quarto.

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From the Series: Undetermined


ii folios + 532 pages.


‘Proceedings of the Society of the Antiquaries of Scotland’, volume xxiv, page 413.

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