Harry Potter og De Vises Sten
The heading is Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone in Danish. We know this because it's the title of one of a set of the first four of Harry Potter novels translated into Danish which have been donated to the Library by author J K Rowling. But Harry's creator hasn't stopped there: through the Christopher Little Literary Agency, she has also given us the four books in Chinese, Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Russian, Turkish, Taiwanese, Bulgarian and Catalan! In all, we received 18 sets - eight of them duplicates which can be borrowed for readers by libraries throughout the world via the inter-library lending system. (Our Bulgarian and Catalan editions can be accessed only in the National Library of Scotland.)
An indication of the Hogwarts' boy's popularity comes from the fact that some of the Catalan copies are from the 12th impression. Muggles who want to read one of the wizard adventures in translation should contact staff at their local library who will do their best to magic up a copy . . .
23 September 2003
Online maps increase by another 500
Following the recent online publication of more than 1,900 town plans of 19th-century Scotland, the National Library of Scotland has this month made a further 500 high-quality, zoomable map images available to web users.
New to our acclaimed Maps of Scotland web feature is a selection that covers the period 1776-1928, providing comprehensive surveys of land and sea. Scotland's first road atlas (1776) is viewable, as is Bartholomew's landmark Survey Atlas of Scotland issued in 1912.
Two editions of Ordnance Survey maps at the one-inch to the mile scale provide useful information about the country in the 1890s and 1920s, while other OS maps detail parish and county boundaries before and after local government changes in 1894. For more information and to view these and our other online maps, go to: maps.nls.uk
23 September 2003
Displays of love and hate
A Valentine card, a wedding scrapbook and the order for the massacre of Glencoe feature in a special display of manuscripts at the National Library of Scotland this month, as part of the first Archives Awareness Month. This national celebration of the riches of Britain's archival heritage, co-ordinated by the National Council on Archives, runs throughout September, with the theme of 'Love and Hate' being taken up by archives all around the country.
Selected material from the Library's manuscript collections will be on show in the Barrel Vault display cases in our George IV Bridge Building. The Victorian Valentine card was sent anonymously to an Edinburgh gentleman, while the scrapbook was compiled by a bridesmaid for her sister's society wedding in Ayrshire in 1903. Letters from admirers are also among items displayed, including Robert Burns's letter to Agnes McLehose in 1791 in which he wrote his famous love song Ae fond kiss.
On the 'hate' side, the authorisation for the McDonalds of Glencoe being 'put to the sword' in 1692 is joined by papers relating to a duelling trial of the 1820s - in which a customer shot his banker! - and a illustration of Saint Sebastian, who was martyred during the reign of Roman Emperor Diocletian (AD 245-313), from the 15th-century Blackadder prayer book.
|Our display of 'Stories of Love and Hate' is viewable from 8 to 30 September during library opening hours. Admission is free.|
3 September 2003