Book History with a Spanish Twist

Profs Finkelstein and McCleery happily display the full set of translations to date of their Introduction to Book History.

SAPPHIRE co-directors Prof David Finkelstein and Prof Alistair McCleery recently celebrated the launch of the Spanish translation of their Introduction to Book History. Una introducción a la historia del libro has been issued by Editorial Paidos, based in Argentina, Barcelona and Mexico, and joins recent Italian and Chinese translations in bringing this study of key trends in print culture to a wider audience. “We are extremely pleased that our book is now available in this translation,’ noted Prof Finkelstein. “It will prove of great use to those developing book history interests in Spanish speaking countries.”

The co-authored An Introduction to Book History, first issued by Routledge in 2005 and published in a 2nd revised edition in 2013, was the first survey of its kind on general trends in the study and understanding of book history. It is now a set text in over twenty-five degree courses in seven countries. For further information on the Spanish translation, you can visit:


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Archive relocation to Dundee

SAPPHIRE are pleased to announce that the SAPPHIRE archives have relocated to the University of Dundee. SAPPHIRE's collection of social history records, interviews, digital material and Scottish print ephemera and publishing records, overing over 6 cubic metres of space, will now be housed in the Centre for Archives and Information Studies in the Tower Building of the University. David Finkelstein, co-director of SAPPHIRE, noted, 'The move will enable the collection to grow as further initiatives are developed by SAPPHIRE over coming years. It joins other significant archives related to twentieth century Scottish print and publishing, including material donated by Publishing Scotland and Canongate publishers, creating a valuable linked cluster of resources on the subject.'

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SAPPHIRE relaunches with new partners:

SAPPHIRE has moved institutions to create a new collaborative partnership between the University of Dundee and Edinburgh Napier University. The collaboration has been marked with the redevelopment and launch of a new look website, which will feature current and past initiatives developed under the directorship of Professor David Finkelstein (Dundee) and Professor Alistair McCleery (Edinburgh Napier). Future plans include further work on printer migration across the English speaking world, and a transnational study of British and Irish press and periodical history.

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SAPPHIRE launches new exhibition on Scottish Reading

September 2011 marks the launch of an exhibition on Scottish readers and reading at the Edinburgh Central Library. Drawn from extensive research material gathered by SAPPHIRE's Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project Scottish Readers Remember, the exhibition looks at Scotland's reading habits over the course of the twentieth century. The exhibition will be at the Library for 6 weeks.

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Milestone in visitors numbers for SAPPHIRE website

On 27 March 2011, the SAPPHIRE website reached a milestone in viewer numbers, notching up its 30,000th visitor. In the four years since site monitoring began in March 2007, SAPPHIRE pages have been viewed over 33,000 times from internet users in 160 different countries. Our most popular pages have been those on industrial papermaking (10,000 hits), on our oral history archives (5,000 hits) and on our current projects (2,500 hits).

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