Iona Press 1887-1902

Illustrated title page of 'Ossian's address to the sun'
Title page of'Ossian's address to the sun',
printed by Iona Press in 1887.

Based on the island, the Iona Press produced works with Iona-related or Celtic themes to sell to the summer tourists.

In 1887, the preface of its first book refers to the 'many beautiful books that were once produced in Iona', and offers a modest attempt to revive the tradition.

Nearly all the books were lithographically printed and hand-coloured locally

 

You can see items relating to the Iona Press in our display 'Celebrating Iona', which runs at the National Library of Scotland from 3 May to 7 July.



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