The Peerage of Scotland, Containing An Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of that Kingdom, from their Origin to the present Generation: Collected From the Public Records, and Acient Chartularies of this Nation, the Charteres, and othe Writings of the Nobility, and the Works of our best Historians. Illustrated with Copper-plates.

  • Douglas, Robert
  • Edinburgh: Printed by R. Fleming 1764


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FIRST EDITION, folio, pp. xi, [iii], 718 + 10 plates. Recent half leather, yellow boards, spine divided by raised bands between gilt rules, black leather label, other compartments tooled centrally in black. A touch toned, a little light spotting. Boards just a little marked, spine tooling discoloured, rear pastedown lifted. A few marginal pencil notes.


The first edition of Douglas's magnum opus, several years in the planning, the 'most influential eighteenth-century account of the Scottish peerage' (ODNB). It was reissued in 1767 and was the foundation stone for everything that came after it, including Sir James Balfour Paul's vastly expanded nine-volume set 'Scots Peerage, Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland' in the early twentieth century.

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