Centre for the History of the Book

Rare Books Edinburgh 2017

The Centre for the History of the Book is pleased to support the Rare Books Edinburgh Festival 2017.

The festival is a new event dedicated to rare, collectable and important books and the history of the book. Edinburgh's finest bookish institutions have arranged talks, exhibitions, and workshops for collectors, bibliophiles, and book-lovers, the majority of them free to all.

The talks include introductions suitable for budding book-lovers and those merely curious about the history of the book, along with scholars delving into their latest research. Collections rarely seen by the public will be show some of their treasures. At the centre is Scotland's largest and most prestigious book fair, with specialist dealers in rare and collectable books from all over Britain (and farther afield) offering selections from their stock. The Book Fair will be opened by Ian Rankin OBE, creator of Inspector Rebus.

The events of the inaugural festival are taking place between the 20th and 30th of March 2017, with the Edinburgh Book Fair on the 24th and 25th.

Dr Tom Mole and Dr Katherine Inglis of the Centre will also be giving talks as part of the festival:

St Andrews House on Calton Hill
Mar 27 2017 -

Literary Censorship from Shelley's Queen Mab, 'Furtively Obtained', to Zola's 'Powerful Realistic Novels'

Dr Katherine Inglis and Dr Matthew Fellion, co-authors of an upcoming history of literary censorship, will discuss the impact of Victorian obscenity law on literature, through the life and work of the publisher Henry Vizetelly.