Welcome to the National Library of Scotland's first exhibition blog. The exhibition is Imprentit: 500 Years of the Scottish Printed Word, and you can see it at the National Library's George IV Bridge building from Friday 27 June to Sunday 12 October 2008.
From Bibles to the Beezer, dictionaries to demonology, Lanark to logarithms and from temperance to television, the printed word in Scotland has had a profound impact on every aspect of our nation's life over the last five centuries. Imprentit takes a fascinating look at this rich history, giving visitors a rare chance to view some of the highlights from the Library's vast collection of treasures. Some of the 'firsts' on display include the earliest Scottish books from the presses of Chepman and Myllar in 1508; Napier's logarithms; Logie Baird's first account of television; the first Bible printed in Scotland; the first Scottish printed book written by a woman; the first newspapers and the first ever Beezer annual.
For those who can't visit the exhibition, this blog will offer posts about items on display. We will also be blogging about events related to the exhibition, and taking advantage of the blog to go into detail about some exhibits, and to pull together some of the themes. And of course we welcome any comments, whether you've seen the exhibition or you find something else of interest here.
Right now we're putting the final touches to the exhibition. Books are sitting on cradles patiently waiting for a conservator to place them gently in their cases. The lighting designer is carefully adjusting lights; carpenters are hammering; the team involved in putting this exhibition together are making those final last-minute adjustments to sound, interactive materials, labels. Five hundred years of Scottish print is about to go on show - in our exhibition hall and here on this blog.