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The History of the Speculative Society

by The Speculative Society

First Edition

Price: $480.00
from: Rose's Books, IOBA


  • Seller Inventory #: 011974
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Very Good
  • Illustrator: Illustrated
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Printed for the Society by T. and A. Constable
  • Place: Edinburgh
  • Date published: 1905
  • Keywords: EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY SPECULATIVE SOCIETY

Edinburgh: Printed for the Society by T. and A. Constable, 1905. First edition. 4to. Quarter leather over decorative silk, gilt speculative society emblem to front boards, gilt titles, top edge gilt, two sides untrimmed. Large paper edition. 218 pp. including index. Illustrated with 34 plates, protective tissue, mainly engravings of Speculative Society members. The Society in the Eighteenth Century (R. L. Stevenson's Description of the Society; The Founders; William Creech; The Early Days, A Case of Discipline; The Old Hall; Subscription to Edinburgh Volunteers; Sir James Mackintosh and his Contemporaries; Relations with the Dublin Historical Society; Expulsion of Thomas Addis Emmet; Extraordinary Membership; Foundation of the Library; Walter Scott and Francis Jeffrey; Scott's Secretaryship; A Brilliant Period; Lansdowne, Brougham, and Horner; Political Crisis of 1799; Maconochie the Spy; Lord Cockburn's Reminiscences. 1800-1845: Membership of Lord John Russell, 'Christopher North', Sir William Hamilton, Rutherfurd, M'Neill, J. G. Lockhart; John Waugh; Jubilee of the Society; Death of Francis Horner, His Portrait; the Society obtains Rooms in the University; Lockhart's Caricature in Peter's Letters; The Summer Society; Political Discussions; Anniversary Dinner in 1835, Jeffrey's Speech; Introduction of Gas; The Old Chandelier; Dispute with the Town Council; Publication of the Society's History; William Macbean. 1845-1900: Preservation of Essays; Smoking; Change of Hour of Meeting to Eight; Letter from Lord Brougham; Mr. Gladstone's interest in the Society; Centenary Celebration; Prince Alfred and Prince William of Hesse join the Society; Disputes with the Senatus Academicus; Abolition of Entry-Money; Robert Louis Stevenson; His Contemporaries; Secretaryship of Mr. Guthrie; More Trouble with the Senatus; Opinion as to the Society's Legal Position; Friendly Relations with the University in Recent Times; Allport; Ventilation; The Society in the Eighties; The Nineties; Services of Members in the South African War. The Society as It Is. List of Members (1305 members listed). Honorary Members. Secretaries and Librarians. Index. Very good. Scarce.. First Edition. Quarter Leather. Very Good. Illus. by Illustrated. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.