A sample of some of the unique items from the John Murray Archive has gone on display to the public at the National Library of Scotland, in an exhibition that runs until Monday 10 May.
'Four o'Clock Friends' provides a taster of the treasures in this unrivalled collection of writings, and shows how the archive can bring the 19th century to life. The highlight of the display is the manuscript of explorer David Livingstone's Narrative of an Expedition to the Zambesi and its Tributaries, drafted in 1864. Writings by Lord Byron, Sir Walter Scott, Charles Darwin and others are also show. Used as the exhibition's title is a phrase coined by Scott to refer to authors who would gather in the afternoon in the drawing room of publisher John Murray II, exchanging news and ideas.
As well as having a rare chance to preview some extraordinary literary material, visitors to the exhibition will be able to give their opinion on the prospect of the entire archive being permanently housed in Scotland, should the Library's bid to secure the collection succeed.
'Four o'Clock Friends' opening hours are: Monday-Saturday 10.00 to 17.00 and Sunday 14.00-17.00. Admission is free.
14 April 2004