The Clans And Tartans of Scotland by Bain, Silk Tartan Cover

Up for auction is this sleeved copy of "The Clans and Tartans of Scotland," by Robert Bain. This is the fourth edition, printed in 1964 by William Collins & Sons Co., LTD in Great Britain. This is a hardback book with padded silk cover in the Royal Stewart Tartan. It measures about 7½ by 4½ inches. It has a clear plastic dust jacket and a red cardboard sleeve covered with a pattern of gilt crowns. It features 124 Clans and 132 illustrations of Tartans. (ISBN 10: 0000000000 / ISBN 13: 9780000000002)

This book has a handwritten inscription on the title page, but is otherwise in very clean, excellent condition. The silk cover is in pristine condition. Each of the tartans is illustrated with full page color plates. The colors are strong and not faded. The clear plastic dust jacket has some tears. The cardboard sleeve has some wear to the corners and minor soiling from where some ninny set his coffee cup on it and left a small stain and a ring.

This is a really exceptional and complete reference book. It gives the clan names in English and Gaelic, their mottos, a line drawing of the clan badge with a description, the origin of the clan name, war cry, pipe music and fairly penetrating history overview for each clan. In addition the book provides a short history of Scotland explaining the development of the clans and details about rankings and customs within the clans. There’s even a Scots history timeline and a small Scot-Gaelic glossary of place names and heraldic terms.

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