Maps and engravings in special new editions
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Two historic and significant titles have just been re-published as numbered limited editions.
'The Blaeu Atlas of Scotland' and 'Daniell's Scotland' are published by Birlinn, in association with the National Library of Scotland.
Dutchman Joan Blaeu produced the first Atlas of Scotland in 1654. It included 49 maps of the country, plus 154 pages of Latin descriptive text. The modern edition carries all the Blaeu maps and the first English translations of the text, which were recently done by Ian Cunningham. Also new to this edition are letters from the Blaeus to Sir John Scot, who played a key role in the Atlas project.
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'Daniell's Scotland' is a two-volume set. It presents the Scottish engravings from painter William Daniell's pictorial record of 19th-century Britain. His eight-volume 'Voyage Round the Coasts of Great Britain' was completed in 1825.
Dr Iain Gordon Brown, the Library's Principal Curator of Manuscripts, has written an introductory essay for the new edition. The 157 aquatint Scottish plates reproduced in the book are in our collections. Previously unpublished are notes, also held at NLS, which author Walter Scott wrote to Daniell advising him about places to visit.
Both titles are casebound in real cloth and are available now, priced £100 each.
20 December 2006
Ayrshire student is a bookbinding winner
A mature student from Ayrshire has won a prestigious international bookbinding award.
Tom McEwan from Glengarnock took the student prize in the 2006 Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition. This annual National Library of Scotland event attracts entries from all over the UK and Europe, and is now in its 14th year. Overall winner was Annette Friederich, a German based in London, for her binding of Virginia Woolf's novel Mrs Dalloway.
Mr McEwan recently completed a Fine Binding course at Glasgow Metropolitan College. His binding of Edgar Allan Poe's The Gold Bug is a visual representation of the story's central theme of encryption and decryption.
8 December 2006
Saltire Society Literary Awards 2006
Four awards were presented at the Saltire Society Literary Awards annual ceremony, held on 30 November. As in previous years, National Library of Scotland sponsored the Research Book of the Year Award, as well as hosting the presentation event. This year's winners are:
- Scottish Book of the Year - A Lie About My Father, by John Burnside
- Scottish History Book of the Year - Native Lordship in Medieval Scotland: The Earldoms of Strathearn and Lennox, c.1140-1365, by Cynthia Neville
- Scottish Research Book of the Year - Duthchas Nan Gaidheal: Collected Essays of John MacInnes, by John MacInnes
- Scottish First Book of the Year - George Mackay Brown: The Life, by Maggie Fergusson.
The Research Book of the Year Award is one of several annual awards sponsored or organised by NLS.
8 December 2006
Search is on for obscure Scottish recordings
A collector of Scottish recordings is appealing for information from members of the public.
Next year William Dean-Myatt will donate his considerable audio collection to the National Library of Scotland. His collection of Scottish recorded sound dates from the earliest days of recording. It will be a significant enhancement to the sound materials, in a wide range of formats, already held at NLS.
Before handing over his collection, Mr Dean-Myatt is keen to complete his 'Scottish Vernacular Discography'. This will list the fullest possible information on all known Scottish commercial recordings from 1888 to 1960.
If you know of obscure commercial recordings on 78rpm disc and phonograph cylinder, Mr Dean-Myatt would like to hear from you. For details of the particular areas he interested in, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
8 December 2006