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  • A Description of Three Hundred Animals

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    This beautiful book provides written descriptions and illustrations for each of the 300 animals it describes. These rang...

  • A Father's Memoir of his Child

    Book, Illustration, Image

    Benjamin Heath Malkin, the author of this book, was a friend of William Blake, and shared the poet’s interest in radical...

  • A Little Pretty Pocket Book

    Book, Children's book

    The most prominent publisher of books for children in the 18th century was John Newbery, who was based at ‘the sign of t...

  • A Select Collection of English Songs

    Book

    Published in 1783, this is a collection of lyrics and music by the publisher Joseph Ritson, with eight plates engraved b...

  • A Selection of Scots Songs

    Musical score

    Over several years Robert Burns contributed to James Johnson’s The Scots Musical Museum (1787–1803) and later George Tho...

  • A Token for Children

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    13 children die within the pages of this children’s book. It’s perhaps hard to imagine the appeal for children of accoun...

  • 'Auld Reikie'

    Book

    Robert Fergusson continued the strain of satirical writing in the Scots dialect that was popularised earlier by Allan Ra...

  • Divine Songs: Attempted in Easy Language for the U...

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Isaac Watts’s collection of moral songs for children was first published in 1715. For the next 150 years, it was one of ...

  • Four Dissertations by Enlightenment philosopher Da...

    Book

    David Hume was an 18th-century Scottish philosopher, known for his empiricism and scepticism. He was a major figure in t...

  • Fragments of Ossian, an invented early Scots epic...

    Book

    During the 1760s, James MacPherson published a series of works purporting to be translated from collected fragments of t...

  • Hymns for the Amusement of Children

    Chapbook, Children's book, Illustration, Image, Poem, Hymn book

    This is Christopher Smart’s Hymns for the Amusement of Children (1771). It was written at the end of Smart’s life, while...

  • Hymns in Prose for Children

    Book, Children's book

    Hymns in Prose for Children was first published in 1781 – the edition shown here is from 1787 – and its popularity ensur...

  • Jack the Gyant-killer

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Jack the Gyant-Killer is a traditional English folk tale which was a popular subject for chapbooks in the 17th and 18th...

  • Juvenile Trials

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Juvenile Trials belongs to a tradition of books that taught children to be good citizens and to behave ‘properly’. The b...

  • Letter from Robert Burns about debt and farming

    Manuscript, Letter, Ephemera Created date: unknown

    This letter was written by Robert Burns from the Scottish town of Mauchline in Ayrshire, where he lived from 1784. He is...