Friday, July 23, 2010

Book Arts: Edinburgh



After spending a few days in Sterling, our next stop was Edinburgh. I'd briefly visited Edinburgh years ago, and was glad to have several days there this time. Book arts-ish places that I visited included the Owl and Lion, located at 15 Grassmarket in the old town (a hint if you plan to visit them--if you think you're at the right address, but there's a sort of dance studio where the booksellers should be, try looking across the street). They make silkscreen covers for their handmade journals, and have lots of lovely things to look at. Here you can see some of them in their front window:




Also in that same area (at 102 West Bow) is Analogue Books. They have a variety of zines on display:





I also visited the National Library of Scotland, but have no photos to share, alas. If you know of any other good book arts-related places to visit in Edinburgh, I hope you will post them in the comments.

And finally, to continue the animal obsessed portion of my journey, here is a photo of a little dog outside an antique shop. The owner has him tied up there, and if you squint at the photo, you can see above him a picture of Greyfriars Bobby, a famous former citizen of Edinburgh. Bobby's master died, and for many years the little Skye Terrier kept watch over his master's grave. The dog in the photo is also a Skye, and looks about as long suffering as the original Bobby must have been.


Other book arts related places to visit in Edinburgh are:

The Centre for the History of the Book http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/chb/

The National Library of Scotland http://www.nls.uk/


[NOTE: if you know of any other great bookbinding/book arts places to visit in Edinburgh, please do share them in the comments. Book arts - obsessed people like myself would love to know about them!]

6 comments:

buechertiger said...

Hope you are enjoying you stay! - I am already looking forward to visiting Edinburgh in a few weeks - Your pictures look promising but strangely void of people. I would have thought the streets would be bustling with activity with all the different festivals in the summer months.

moonbindery said...

The area around Prince's Street in the New Town was very full of activity, but the Old Town was pretty quiet and peaceful, at least in the side streets.

There didn't seem to be any festivals on when we were there, which might explain it.

Louise said...

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moonbindery said...

How very nice of you, Louise! Thanks for the lovely blog award.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for Blogging about the Owl & Lion, next time you come, do let us know! The wee dog is called Basil.

moonbindery said...

Will do! :)