Chepman and Myllar prints on view

Today, the Nation­al Library of Scot­land is mark­ing the 500th anniver­sary of the Bat­tle of Flod­den and cel­e­brat­ing the con­tri­bu­tion of James IV to print­ing in Scot­land by dis­play­ing the first known books to be print­ed in this coun­try between 12 and 2pm — no need to book, just turn up and view the books which are only rarely on show. Expert cura­tors will be on hand to explain their unri­valled place in Scotland’s print­ed her­itage.

James IV, who died in the bat­tle, intro­duced print­ing to Scot­land through the patent he grant­ed to mer­chant Wal­ter Chep­man and book­seller Androw Myl­lar. The first books they pub­lished in 1508 are among the Library’s most pre­cious in the col­lec­tions.
The Chep­man and Myl­lar prints have been digi­tised and are freely avail­able to view online at the NLS web­site.