With 2012 newly upon us, work is progressing on our exhibition for the summer which – in succession to the current Beyond Shakespeare – will explore Scotland at the movies.
Over the coming months I aim to highlight some of my favourite items in the Medical History of British India project. I have been working with the material for over 4 years and it was these meticulous and descriptive reports which fuelled my interest in the history of medicine. From bowel gangs to rabid badgers, unruly […]
On the 31 March, 1910, Bartholomew printed a proof version of the ‘conventional signs and styles of type for the international map on the scale of 1:1,000,000′. But what exactly is the International Map of the World?
With good – but unpredictable – weather showing Scotland off at her best it seems like a good time for the holidaymaker or day-tripper to dip into a fairly new publication from Association for Scottish Literary Studies . Academic and poet Alan Riach has written A Traveller’s guide to literary Scotland.
Course members from The Workers Educational Association visited National Library of Scotland last week as part of their Excuse my dust! course, rediscovering Scottish women writers . I introduced manuscripts associated with two writers, Violet Jacob and Nan Shepherd, both of whom deserve a wider reputation.
As the railway grew, its initial functional nature was eventually surpassed by one of luxury. Mere journeys became holidays, trips became tours and the manner of getting there became just as important as getting there itself.
On the 23 October 1903, Bartholomew printed 2,040 sheets of maps destined for publication in the latest work by Harry de Windt. Harry de who? I hear you ask. Well, one of the best things about the Printing Record is that the maps it contains can reveal interesting but often forgotten stories of people, places […]
A certain doctor of Tannochbrae used to be the mainstay of my television childhood, so it was with some very clear monochrome images in my head, that I picked up the recent Birlinn edition of A.J. Cronin’s Dr. Finlay’s Casebook.
It is now 70 years since the death of John Buchan in Canada in 1940 and he remains a popular figure courtesy of regular adaptations in various media and some handsome reprints of his books.The Thirty Nine Steps is the most famous title, but there are many others worth exploring.