AIKEN -- A collection of books by Scottish historical novelist, playwright and poet Sir Walter Scott was donated Friday to the University of South Carolina Aiken by Dr. Edward Kinzer, of Colorado, and the St. Andrews Society of Aiken, Inc.
The donation with works dating from the 1800s, was made at a formal gathering Friday afternoon at USC Aiken’s Pickens-Salley House.
The collection includes 28 series representing more than 100 books. One of the oldest books is Marmion a romance in six cantos with a date of 1808.
Scott (1771-1832) was popular throughout much of the world during his lifetime. Many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature.
USC Aiken’s Chancellor Dr. Tom Hallman said the school is excited about the donation, calling it “ a great opportunity all the way around.”
Dick Dewar, a member of the St. Andrews Society of Aiken, said his group also was overjoyed with the donation.
“It was just a wonderful opportunity to preserve Scottish culture,” Dewar said.
The event included members of the St. Andrews Society of Aiken dressed in kilts. Kinzer also was present and said the collection is a very important one that he bought many years ago from a book dealer in San Francisco who had acquired them in various castles.