Collection JHB - John Hutton Balfour Collection

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GB235 JHB

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John Hutton Balfour Collection

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  • 1830 - 1885 (Creation)

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1 bay of shelving - around 17 boxes, 12 volumes of bound correspondence, 21 of Balfour's publications

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(1808-1884)

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Regius Keeper between 1845 and 1879

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• 6 boxes of miscellaneous papers and lectures
• 1 box containing a map of a garden in Paris, marked property of ‘Dr. Balfour 1859’.
• J.H. Balfour, ‘The Botanist’s Companion’, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black (1860)
• J.H. Balfour, ‘Manual of Botany’, London, John Joseph Griffin & Co. (1849)
• J.H. Balfour, ‘Manual of Botany’, Third Edition, Revised and Enlarged, London and Glasgow, Richard Griffin and Company, (1855)
• J.H. Balfour, ‘Manual of Botany’, New Edition Revised by the Author, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black , (1860)
• Two copies of J.H. Balfour, ‘Manual of Botany’, Fifth Edition, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black , (1875)
• J.H Balfour ‘Outlines of Botany’, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black, (MDCCCLIV.)
• J.H Balfour ‘Outlines of Botany’, Second Edition, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black, (1862)
• J.H. Balfour, ‘First Book of Botany’, London and Glasgow, William Collins and Sons, & Co., Limited.
• J.H. Balfour, ‘First Book of Botany’, London and Glasgow, William Collins, Sons, & Company, (1873)
• J.H. Balfour, ‘First Book of Botany’, London and Glasgow, William Collins, Sons, & Company, (1874)
• J.H. Balfour, ‘Second Book of Botany: Systematic Botany’, London and Glasgow, William Collins, Sons, & Company, (1873)
• J.H. Balfour, ‘Elements of Botany’, Third Edition, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black, (1876)
• J.H. Balfour, ‘Elements of Botany’, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black, (1869)
• Balfour Botany, Encl. Brit., 7th Edition, 1842, Vol. V
• Balfour Botany, Encl. Brit., 8th Edition, 1854, Vol. V
• Balfour Botany, Encl. Brit., 9th Edition, 1876 Vol. IV
• 1 box of personal and miscellaneous photographs and papers
• 1 box of miscellaneous papers regarding Botanic Society proceedings and lecture notices.
• 1 box of miscellaneous papers, reprints and lecture outlines
• 1 box of miscellaneous papers and publications
• 1 box of miscellaneous papers, catalogues and excursion records
• 4 boxes of correspondence and papers
• Collection of 26 letters by scientists, engineers, lawyers and other correspondents addressed to Professor Balfour on academic papers and Royal Society of Edinburgh matters.
• Bound volumes of J. H. Balfour’s correspondence, Vol. I to Vol.XII, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Library
• J.H. Balfour, ‘Balfour’s Class Book of Botany: Part I. Structural and Morphological Botany’, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black, (MDCCCLIX.)
• J.H. Balfour, ‘Balfour’s Class Book of Botany: Part II. Physiology and Classification’, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black, (MDCCCLV.)
• J.H. Balfour, ‘Class Book of Botany’, Third Edition, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black, (1871)
• J.H. Balfour, ‘Botany and Religion’ Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black, (MDCCCLIX.)
• J.H. Balfour’s microscope
• J.H. Balfour: Ephemera –box containing lecture notices, hand bills, news paper clippings and syllabuses of lecture courses, given by Dame Agnes Boyd Balfour (widow of Sir Isaac Bayley Balfour to Professor William Wright Smith in June 1926).
• Folder containing drawings and artwork.

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The pdf available on the Archives Resources page: (right click, open link in new tab) https://atom.rbge.org.uk/archive-resources/ is a description of the arguments John Hutton Balfour had with H.M. Office of Works to make Inverleith House habitable for him and his family to move into in 1878. He transcribed the correspondence into a notebook, now kept in box 1.
Lorna Morrow's 2018 PhD, 'Geographies of botanical knowledge: the work of John Hutton Balfour 1845-1879' is available from the University of Edinburgh's Researchy Archive: (right click, open link in new tab) https://era.ed.ac.uk/handle/1842/33248 .

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JHB

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GB235

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