Innerpeffray Library - Publisher of the Month
In 2009, Scotland's Oldest Free Public Lending Library became a publisher.
The Library of Innerpeffray and Innerpeffray School were founded in 1680 by David, 3rd Lord Madertie on the banks of the River Earn near Crieff in Perthshire. The Library is remarkable as the oldest free public lending library in Scotland, and represents the very origins of the Scottish Enlightenment. It served the local community until 1968 when lending ceased, and now welcomes visitors from all over the world to share the heritage of this cultural treasure. As well as some 3,000 books dating from pre-1800, the Library's most treasured item is its Borrower's Register, one of the oldest examples in Europe. Hand-written by successive Keepers of the Books, it reveals that the Library's borrowers came from all social spheres: Farm Labourers, Students, Gamekeepers, Blacksmiths and Landowners.
The First Light by George Chamier is a historical portrait of the Library at Innerpeffray. The aim of the book is to raise funds for the Library, and therefore The First Light is a collection's item selling at £150. The production and design quality is intended also to complement the books at Innerpeffray - printed and typeset by hand on Italian double edge mould paper and handsomely bound in leather in Northants. There is a limited edition of 500 copies, each numbered and signed, and with a Foreword by Arthur Herman, Pulizter nominee and author of How the Scots Invented the Modern World.
The Library, Innerpeffray Schoolroom and Schoolmasters House are all now cared for by the Innerpeffray Mortification, which has looked after the affairs of the Library for more than 300 years. Producing The First Light was the initiative of Library Chairman, Robert Wallace. He commissioned John McConnell RDI for the design who determined that the book should be beautifully produced in every respect. He in turn enlisted David Gibbs for editorial guidance and John Grice of the Evergreen Press to print and produce the book.
Robert Wallace comments, "Publishing The First Light as a limited edition is intended simply to raise funds for the upkeep and development of the Library. It will also be the first official record of the Library and its history. Already over 100 copies of the book have been sold to a number of institutions and private individuals. The highly readable account appropriately contained in an authentic expression of the bookmakers' art has been very well received."
To buy a copy of The First Light, or to find out more about Innerpeffray Library, contact:
Library of Innerpeffray
by Crieff PH7 3RF
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Sundays 2pm - 4pm
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