It’s very strange to find yourself working from home when your job is mostly customer service orientated, but this is the situation I find myself in. I work in the National Library of Scotland’s General Reading Room, where my job is to help readers access the Library’s collections and answer their enquiries. As a lot […]
Blog written by Rosie Seidel, MSc in Book History and Material Culture student at the University of Edinburgh. In an effort to increase the discoverability of and access to maps in the collections, I have been working to index and identify editions of 15th century Ptolemaic and Ortelian atlases.
Part 4: The end and the new beginning The original series continued with a rapid turnover, including a number of new ideas and scenarios. 1985’s releases included Ian Livingstone’s ‘Freeway Fighter’, a ‘Mad Max’ inspired adventure involving vehicular combat, Andrew Chapman’s pirate story ‘Seas of Blood’ which contained sea-based combat and Jackson’s ‘Appointment with F.E.A.R.’, […]
Part 3: A series Following the success of ‘The Warlock of Firetop Mountain’ Jackson and Livingstone were asked to turn their idea into a series, and Livingstone pitched ‘Fighting Fantasy’ as a title. Having learned the pitfalls of co-authoring, the pair started work on separate books. Livingstone admits that the writing process was complicated, and […]
Part 2: The mechanics of Fighting Fantasy Players begin ‘The Warlock of Firetop Mountain’ by rolling dice to determine their skill, stamina and luck levels. Skill represents a player’s fighting ability and stamina is their endurance level – essentially their lifeline – with luck coming into play in the ‘test your luck’ game mechanics. These […]
During the month of February the mezzanine display in our General Reading Room celebrates the ‘Fighting Fantasy’ series. To mark this we are publishing a blog on the history of these books throughout the month. Part 1: The adventure begins On 27 August 1982 Puffin books released ‘The Warlock of Firetop Mountain’. Essentially a choice-based […]
One of the most intriguing Ordnance Survey map series in the National Library of Scotland’s collection is the 1:500 Town Plans (as well as some at a scale of 1:528). These were produced in the latter half of the 19th century and very early 20th century, and cover most towns with a population over around […]
It all began a few years ago, when representatives of the Library sat down with renowned crime writer Ian Rankin to discuss the acquisition of his extensive literary archive. Fast-forward to September 2019, when I took up the post of Ian Rankin Project Curator, tasked with the arrangement, cataloguing, and promotion of this incredible collection […]
Examine a terrestrial globe and what do you see? A fascinating model of how we view the world? A historical snapshot of the various landmasses and water features we have encountered? Or are globes a political narrative reflecting the creator’s point of view?
A recent donation of several World War II related books contained ‘Gekämpft, gesiegt, geschlagen’ written by Lothar Rendulić. It describes German military operations in the Finnmark/Troms region, close to the Russian border. The book is inscribed by Rendulić: ‘Mr. Liddell-Hart with my best greeting. Rendulic, Seewalcher am Allersee, November 1952.’ (Sir Basil Liddell-Hart was a […]