Category Archives: Scotland

See Glasgow and the Clyde before cars came to Glasgow and before ships left the Clyde

My only visit to Glasgow was many years ago. I visited, as a tourist, with an Italian friend who was much bolder and much less inhibited than I was. He persuaded me that it would be OK  to climb to … Continue reading

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Robin’s Christmas song by Robert Burns published as a Routledge Shilling Toy Book 1874

This fragile children’s paperback has sort of survived for 138 years. It has been much read (see the torn pages) and much loved (see the resewn spine). The pictures are lovely and the story’s heart-warming. If you can read it … Continue reading

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Picture Post 1938-1950 Edited by Tom Hopkinson

Like Alice (in Wonderland), many of us like pictures to help us make sense of text; the pictures in this book are wonderful. The Picture Post was a phenomenally successful publication. Its first editor and the man with the vision behind the venture … Continue reading

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Ordnance Survey Aviation Maps (1938)

We have two aviation maps : Sheet 1 (England and Scotland, The Border) and Sheet 3 (The Forth and Tay). Apart from a small tear on the cover of the Border map, and the original owner’s name faintly and neatly … Continue reading

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Jack Vettriano with Text by Anthony Quinn

This beautiful book of Jack Vettriano’s paintings arrived our sorting room just a couple of days after the Hank Janson novels. If you liked the covers on the pulp fiction featured in last Tuesday’s post, you’ll love this book. Quoting … Continue reading

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September Road to Caithness and the Western Sea by ‘BB’

On my ‘About’ page I have explained that this blog is about the delights of being a book volunteer. For today’s post, however, I’m making an exception. This is about the occasional frustrations. We have a copy of ‘September Road … Continue reading

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Natural Light: Portraits of Scottish Writers by Angela Catlin

This beautiful book was published in 1985 by Paul Harris Publishing/Waterfront with assistance from The Scottish Arts Council. An article in The (Glasgow) Herald, many years later, looked back on the work: Twenty-odd years ago young photographer Angela Catlin produced … Continue reading

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