Books and Borrowing 1750-1830

Month: October 2023

Hallowe’en Reading

Happy Spooky Season to all our loyal readers! Having just come back from the USA, where Hallowe’en is everywhere throughout October, I thought I would see what kinds of spooky reading events I could find in our dataset. A quick keyword search in our new digital resource (soon to be fully open to the public!) […]

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Penned in the Margins

One of the things that the Books and Borrowing database allows us to do is find out which library holdings were heavily used in the period the project covers, determine whether books still remain in collections and then see if any evidence of use survives between their covers.  We’ve not yet had the chance to […]

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Ted Powell Lecture at Innerpeffray

On 4th October I had the honour of giving the Ted Powell Memorial Lecture to the Friends of Innerpeffray Library. Ted Powell was a former librarian at Innerpeffray, and I was delighted to discover from his widow after the talk that he had been a great advocate of the Innerpeffray’s borrowers’ registers, and regularly urged […]

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Thomas Jefferson and the ‘extensive good’ of the Subscription Library

As regular readers of the Books and Borrowing blog will know, I spent three months of my summer as a visiting scholar at the International Center for Jefferson Studies (ICJS) at Monticello, kindly funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. During my time in the United States, I was fortunate enough to […]

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A (Belated) Happy Birthday to Mungo Park!

    Born on the 10th of September, 1771, we had hoped to wish Scottish explorer and surgeon, Mungo Park, a happy birthday on the 252nd anniversary of his birth last month. However, while observing the digital picket of the recent UCU strike action, we decided to wish him a belated happy birthday today instead! […]

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