New Content: St. Andrews University Library

Discover the treasures of Scotland's oldest university

Historiated initial 'T' depicting St Andrew, excised from a missal / The University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK / Bridgeman Images
Historiated initial 'T' depicting St Andrew, excised from a missal / The University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK / Bridgeman Images

 

Bridgeman is delighted to have been chosen by the University of St Andrews Library as a licensing partner for their Treasures collection.
 
The collection is rooted in the traditions of faith and learning that put St Andrews at the heart of Scottish life for centuries. It includes manuscripts representing the breadth of human activity from the dawn of Christendom to modern time, books from the dawn of European printing to contemporary fine imprints; an astonishing photographic collection, based on the status of St Andrews as the nursery of early photography; and the University’s own archive, a living collection which documents the life of the institution from its foundation in 1413.
 
 
 
Highlights include:

 

Record of an experiment in six stages beginning with distillation followed by burning, further distillation, decoction, calcination and sublimation / The University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK / Bridgeman Images
Record of an experiment in six stages beginning with distillation followed by burning, further distillation, decoction, calcination and sublimation / The University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK / Bridgeman Images

 

 

 

Three manuscripts by Isaac Newton, c.1700

Notes in the hand of Isaac Newton - a list of alchemists and their works, a description of a distillation process, and a record of an experiment, purchased for the University by John Read, Professor of Chemistry (1923-63).

 

 

 

 

Timurid Qur’an, 1441-2

An unusually complete and well preserved royal manuscript from the library of Tipu Sultan, presented to St Andrews by the East India Company in 1806.

 

Timurid Qur'an, 1441 (leather-bound volume), Muhammad Mu'min Abdallah Al-Murwand (fl.1441) / The University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK / From the library of Tipu Sultan (Mysore, India); presented by the East India Company, 1806 / Bridgeman Images
Timurid Qur'an, 1441 (leather-bound volume), Muhammad Mu'min Abdallah Al-Murwand (fl.1441) / The University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK / From the library of Tipu Sultan (Mysore, India); presented by the East India Company, 1806 / Bridgeman Images

 

 

Stereographic portrait of Dr John Adamson (b/w photo), Robert Adamson (1821-48) / The University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK / Bridgeman Images
Stereographic portrait of Dr John Adamson (b/w photo), Robert Adamson (1821-48) / The University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK / Bridgeman Images

 

 

 

A stereographic self-portrait by John Adamson, c.1845

An early example of a stereograph - a photograph that can be interpreted by the brain as having three dimensions when placed in the correct viewer.

It's a self-portrait by Dr. John Adamson (1809–1870), taken at the request of Dr David Brewster (1781-1868), then principal of the United College in the University of St Andrews.

 

 

 

 

Bull of Pope Benedict III, 1413

The foundation document of the University, issued in Aragon on 28 August 1413, authorising the award of degrees and licensing the graduates to teach theology, canon and civil law, arts and medicine. 

 

Papal Bull confirming charter of Bishop Henry Wardlaw, recto, 1413 (ink on vellum with metal pendant) / The University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK / Bridgeman Images
Papal Bull confirming charter of Bishop Henry Wardlaw, recto, 1413 (ink on vellum with metal pendant) / The University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK / Bridgeman Images

 

 
 
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Forth Bridge, Queensferry Pier, August 15th 1888 (b/w photo), J. Valentine & Sons (19th Century) / The University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK / Bridgeman Images
Forth Bridge, Queensferry Pier, August 15th 1888 (b/w photo), J. Valentine & Sons (19th Century) / The University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK / Bridgeman Images

 

 


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