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'Discover' is the National Library of Scotland's award-winning full-colour magazine.

Issue 31, spring 2016, includes:

  • Learn about the infamous literary forgeries of Alexander 'Antique' Smith
  • Look back at Scotland's exam papers to see if tests are harder now
  • Rediscover celebrated Shakespeare performances from the last four centuries
  • Read the story of one of the finest map sets ever produced: Blaeu's Atlas Maior.

'Discover' issue 31 — part one (PDF) (14 pages; 2.7 MB)

'Discover' issue 31 — part two (PDF) (6 pages; 2.1MB)

'Discover' issue 31 — part three (PDF) (16 pages; 2.6 MB)


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