Made in Scotland

(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 […]

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A Previously Loved Book

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 […]

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Temperance is the only solution!

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 […]

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Celtic Opus

(Photo credit: The Official Celtic Opus. Images above show the green leather cover of the book and the clamshell case it is housed in) This giant volume (838 pages edged in silver leaf measuring 52cm x 52cm) tells the inside story of Celtic FC from its formation in 1888, via Jock Stein’s heroes of 1967, […]

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Why not Catch-21?

(Photo credit: Frances Lincoln) (Image above shows the front cover of a book sitting on a book shelf surrounded by other books. The title and author of the book, Why not catch-21? The stories behind the title. Gary Dexter, are shown) Most book titles simply describe the contents of the book they are attached to. […]

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