The Ballantyne mss., 1934-1972, are letters written to Charles Ballantyne, 1903- , of Sandbed House, Yarrow, Selkirk, Scotland, about a subject of common interest, the life and works of William Beckford, 1760-1844, novelist, man of letters and art collector, who was the author of the Gothic novel, Vatek and several travel sketches.
Included in this collection are notes by Beckford inscribed on two volumes once owned by him and later the property of Charles Ballantyne. The calendar cards for these notes follow this description.
The correspondents are Boyd Alexander, Alan S. Bell, Guy Patterson Chapman, James Glen, John G. Pinkerton, Lady Eva Isabel Marian (Bruce) Strutt Primrose, baroness Roseberry, and Sotheby & Co., firm, bookdealers, London.
Accompanying the collection are two portraits. One is an engraving of William Beckford, published in 1823 by G. Smeeton, Arcade, Pall Mall. The other is a photograph of a portrait in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, once believed to be that of Beckford but later rejected.
Collection size: 22 items