Highlights of our Collection

Highlights of our Collection

The Library website now features a ‘Highlight of our Collection’ – a closer look at one of the many fascinating items held on our Special Collections Department.


‌Henry Vizetelly - Christmas with the Poets

Christmas with the Poets is a handsome anthology of songs, carols and descriptive verses 'relating to the festival of Christmas' from the Anglo-Norman period onwards. Embellished with 53 tinted illustrations by Birket Foster, it was edited by Henry Vizetelly.

Thoms Annan - Old Closes and Streets of GlasgowThomas Annan - The Old closes and Streets of Glasgow

This Collection Highlight features the Glasgow photographer Thomas Annan's The Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow. Created between 1868 and 1871 as part of a commission from the City of Glasgow Improvements Trust, this collection of images of the working class areas of old Glasgow helped document the impoverished living conditions of the working class at the time.

The Spencer CollectionThe Spencer Collection

This Collection Highlight focuses on the small, but nevertheless significant, Spencer Collection held within Special Collections. Presented to Glasgow University Library in February 1931 by Mr. John James Spencer of Glasgow, this collection of books and pamphlets relates to the Darien Scheme - the attempt by Scotland at the end of the seventeenth century to establish a trading colony at Darien in the isthmus of Panama.

Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol, plate opposite p.78: the Ghost of Christmas PresentA Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

This Collection Highlight is a first edition of that festive season favourite, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, originally published on 17 December 1843.