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Edmonston and Douglas, Scottish Publisher, 1847-1877, Bibliography

An important yet little known Scottish publisher, Edmonston and Douglas, was based at 87 Princes Street, Edinburgh. There are also references to 88, Princes Street. Information is vague, but it would not be unusual for a printer and publisher to use adjacent properties.

The dynamic force behind the firm seems to have been David Douglas - a scotsman born in Stranraer in 1823. The young Douglas spent some time gaining both confidence and experience working for William Blackwood and Sons (also a printer and publisher, then of 43-45 George Street, Edinburgh), and left to set up his own print works. In 1847, he joined forces with Alexander Edmonston (of whom little is known), to create this important publishing firm.

The partnership lasted thirty years until the death of Alexander Edmonston in 1877. At this point David Douglas continued in the publishing business, teaming up with Thomas Foulis.

Edmonston and Douglas were particularly renowned as publishers for their prints of animals. Although not comprehensive, the list below shows the diversity of publications (biographies, history, travel, childrens', poetry, natural history, culture etc) for which the partnership was responsible:

  • 1857 Two Lectures or some changes in social life and habits, by E.B. Ramsay
  • 1857 One-Two Buckle My Shoe, 10 Designs, Drawn on Stone by C.R.B. (Caroline R. Bailley)
  • 1857 The Instructive Picture Book or Progressive Lessons from the Natural History of Animals and Plants, edited by Adam White
  • 1858 The Diary of Three Children, or Fifty-Two Saturdays, by Catherine D. Bell
  • 1858 The New Picture Book Being Pictorial Lessons on Form, Comparison and Number, for Children Under Seven Years Old, by Nicholas Bohny
  • 1859 Rab and his Friends, by Dr John Brown
  • 1859 Popular Tales from the Norse, by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen
  • 1860 Scotland in the Middle Ages, by Cosmo Innes
  • 1860 Concerning Some Scotch Surnames, by Cosmo Innes
  • 1861 The History of Scottish Poetry, by David Irving
  • 1861 My Own Life and Times 1741-1814, by Thomas Somerville
  • 1861 The Story of Burnt Njal or Life in Iceland At the End of the Tenth Century, translated from the Icelandic of the Njals Saga by George Webbe Dasent
  • 1862 Scotland Under Her Early Kings, by Eben William Robertson
  • 1862 Christopher North, by Mary Wilson Gordon
  • 1862 Hidden Depths, by Felicia Skene
  • 1862 Public Health in Relation to Air and Water, by William Tennant Gairdner
  • 1862 Ancient Leaves, by D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson
  • 1863 Notes of a Cruise in the H.M.S. "Fawn" in the Western Pacific in the Year 1862, by T.H. Hood
  • 1863 Life In Normandy, Sketches of French Fishing, Farming, Cooking, Natural History and Politics, Drawn from Nature, by W.F. Campbell
  • 1864 History of English Literature, by Hippolyte Taine
  • 1864 The Salmon, by Alex Russell
  • 1864 The Insane in Private Dwellings, by Sir Arthur Mitchell
  • 1864 My Indian Journal, by Colonel Walter Campbell
  • 1864 Prometheus the Fire-Bringer, by Richard Henry Horne
  • 1865 A Short Tramp In The Fall Of 1864, by John Francis Campbell, the editor of 'Life In Normandy'
  • 1867 The Story of Waldemar Krone's Youth - in two volumes - by Herman Frederick Ewald
  • 1868 Studies in Poetry and Philosophy, by John Campbell Shairp
  • 1869 The Home Life of Sir David Brewster, by Margaret Maria Gordon
  • 1870 Gossip about Letters and Letter-Writers, by George Seton
  • 1870 The graphic Representation of the Laws of Supply and Demand, and Their Application to Labour, by Henry Charles Fleeming Jenkin and edited by Sir Alexander Grant
  • 1870 Observations on Ligature of Arteries on the Antiseptic System - from The Lancet, April 3, 1869 - with corrections, by Joseph Lister, published in association with John Churchill & Sons
  • 1870 Notes of a Naturalist in the Nile Valley and Malta: A Narrative of Exploration and Research in Connection with the Natural History, Geology, and Archaeology of the Lower Nile and Maltese Islands, by Andrew Leith Adams
  • 1871 Notes on the Natural History of the Strait of Magellan and West Coast of Patagonia. Made during the voyage of H.M.S. Nassau in the Years 1866, 67, 68 & 69, by Robert O. Cunningham
  • 1872 Glimpses Of Life In Victoria, by a Resident (J.H. Kerr)
  • 1872 Kalendars Of Scottish Saints, with Personal Notices of Those of Alba, Laudonia & Strathclyde
  • 1873 Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland, by Dorothy Wordsworth
  • 1873 Archibald Constable and his Literary Correspondents, by Thomas Constable
  • 1874 Four Phases of Morals, by John Stuart Blackie
  • 1874 The Journal of Henry Cockburn - in two volumes - by Henry Cockburn
  • 1875 The Large Game and Natural History of South and South-East Africa, by the Hon William Henry Drummond
  • 1875 Saskatchewan and the Rocky Mountains - A Diary and Narrative of Travel, Sport, and Adventure, During a Journey Through the Hudson's Bay Company's Territories, in 1859 and 1860, by the Earl of Southesk (James Carnegie, 9th Earl of Southesk)
  • 1876 Traditional Ballad Airs, Arranged and Harmonised for the Pianoforte and Harmonium, from copies procured in counties of Aberdeen, Banff & Moray, edited with the words for singing and with illustrative notes and glossary - in two volumes - by William Christie (Dean of Moray)