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University of Edinburgh Collections

David Laing bequeathed his collection of rare books and manuscripts to the University of Edinburgh in 1878. It resides as a unique asset in the University's Special Collections – an archive of rare historical importance containing many of the most exceptional, beautiful and important manuscripts and books in Scotland. As a result of its sheer size – some 500,000 items – and its complexity, it has yet to be properly conserved, catalogued or studied. A selection of images from this collection are available online.

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