Early French books on display

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Two Edinburgh venues are hosting displays of early French books this month.

Visitors to the National Library of Scotland and auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull can see a selection of books from collections at NLS and St Andrews University. Among them are a work on the death of Mary Queen of Scots (Paris, 1587) and a graphically illustrated book on surgery (Paris, 1564).

The events mark the launch of a reference work that provides the first complete list of all books published in French before 1601. French vernacular books, published in the Netherlands, details 52,000 items in 1,600 libraries in Britain and Europe. Research on the subject by staff of the Reformation Studies Institute at St Andrews took 12 years.

The free displays run from Tuesday 20 November to Sunday 2 December. Opening times are:

  • National Library (George IV Bridge):
    Monday-Saturday: 10.00-17.00; Sunday 14.00-17.00
  • Lyon & Turnbull (33 Broughton Place):
    Monday-Friday: 09.30-17.00; Sunday: 14.00-17.00 {closed on Saturdays).

15 November 2007

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