(Photo credit: Document and eyewitness: an intimate history of Rough trade by Neil Taylor. Published by Orion. Image above shows the title and author of the book in black and red text against a white background) There never has been and there never will be another record company like Rough Trade. From its pre-punk […]
(The life and times of the real Winnie-the-Pooh by Shirley Harrison. Photo credit: Pen and Sword Books. Image above shows an old brown teddy bear against a white background with the title of the book at the top of the cover. The words Winnie-the-Pooh are written in orange) When Christopher Robin Milne was given […]
(Photo credit: Birlinn. Image above shows the title of the book, Made in Scotland: household names that began in Scotland, surrounded by images of Scottish brands including Robertson’s Golden Shred Marmalade, Barr’s Iron Brew, Askit, Lee’s and Dennis the menace from The Beano) Baxters, Drambuie, Highland Spring, McVitie’s, Mothers Pride, Penguin biscuits, Pringle, Tunnock’s. What […]
(Photo credit: Taschen. The image above shows the front cover of the book which displays the title of the book, 50 photo icons: the story behind the pictures, and a copy of V-J Day in Times Square, a photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt, which shows a sailor kissing a woman in a white dress) Billions […]
Here’s a book we bought not so much because of what’s in it, but because of who owned it. It’s an English translation of a theological treatise by a French noblewoman, Louise Francoise de la Baume le Blanc, Duchesse de la Valliere (1644-1710), called The penitent lady (NLS shelfmark AB.1.211.014). The book itself does not look terribly exciting – but […]
We’ve been fortunate recently to buy a copy of a book which appears to be the only known copy! It’s called Whiskiana, or the drunkard’s progress. A poem. In Scottish verse (NLS shelfmark AP.1.211.06), and it was printed in Glasgow in 1812: Whiskiana deals with the “evil of habitual intoxication”. The author acknowledges the popular Scots poet Hector Macneill as an inspiration […]
(Photo credit: Bloomsbury. Image above shows the title and author of the book in white and grey text against a black background with a design in white) There is a great myth of the Romantic poet being a solitary, introspective soul. Daisy Hay shatters this myth with her compelling, revelatory group biography Young Romantics.
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?
We recently bought a collection of Scottish poems (shelfmark: RB.s.2811(1-13)) written in the late 18th century. What makes this small book so interesting is that most of the poems were either written or edited by a physician: Andrew Duncan the elder (1744-1828). Duncan was a key figure in the Scottish Enlightenment, a period which came to an end […]