Special display of mystery artist's paper sculptures
Paper 'book' sculptures created by a mystery artist are being brought together for display as part of Book Week Scotland (25-30 November).
The five intricate sculptures first appeared during last year's book week. This year at the National Library of Scotland they will join a sculpture inspired by Iain Rankin's novel 'Exit music', which the unknown artist left at the Library in 2011.
The Book Week Scotland sculptures are based on famous Scottish works, and were discovered in various locations around Scotland:
- 'Lanark' by Alasdair Gray, found in the Glasgow School of Art Library
- 'Tam O'Shanter' by Robert Burns, found in the Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway
- Compton Mackenzie's 'Whisky galore', found in the Am Politician pub on the island of Eriskay
'Exit music' paper sculpture.
- Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island' found at the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick.
Visitors to NLS will see these beautiful works of art displayed with rare editions of the books which inspired them.
The sculptures are expected to stay on show at the Library until November 2014.
Read more in our paper sculptures press release
22 November 2013
Pop in to see stunning pop-up books
produced in 1887.
Examples of some of the world's finest pop-up books have gone on display at the National Library of Scotland.
Many of these books were designed and given as children's Christmas presents — although these items from the national collections have never been played with.
Ranging from the Victorian era to the 21st century, the books demonstrate the skills of the finest talents in paper architecture and paper engineering.
children's annual, 1930.
While the history of books with movable parts can be traced back to the 13th century, it took another 500 years before 3D scenes were able to be created inside a normal book for children.
Nowadays even as complex a structure as Harry Potter's Hogwarts School is not beyond the abilities or imagination of an experienced paper engineer, as visitors to the display will see for themselves.
Read more in our pop-up books display press release.
20 November 2013
RLS Day at NLS
The National Library of Scotland is joining in the celebrations in Edinburgh today for Robert Louis Stevenson Day.
RLS Day is now in its third year and is organised by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature and the Centre for Literature and Writing at the city's Napier University. It commemorates one of Scotland's greatest writers on the day of his birth.
NLS, which has a unique collection of Stevenson material, is flying the Jolly Roger from its George IV Bridge Building in recognition of the author's best-known work, 'Treasure Island'. The book has never been out of print since first published in 1883.
In an evening talk at NLS, Andrew Martin, the Library's Curator of Modern Scottish Collections, will examine the enduring appeal of the novel. He will explore the story's success and impact, with illustrations from the Library's archives.
A small display of books outside the Library's General Reading Room is also part of the celebrations. These are mainly translations of Stevenson's work, and demonstrate the international impact of one of Scotland's literary giants.
- From the news archive: Rare Robert Louis Stevenson collection coming to Scotland
13 November 2013
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