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Publisher: University of Guelph
Journal: International Review of Scottish Studies
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: Z004, DA1-995, English literature, PR1-9680, History of Great Britain
For over five hundred years, the printed word has\ud played a central role in human development, revolutionising\ud communications and transforming society. Between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, Edinburgh\ud played a particularly important and influential part in\ud this communication revolution, establishing itself as a worldrenowned centre for printing and publishing. One of the city's most famous publishers and printers was Thomas Nelson and Sons, which specialised in producing popular literature, children's books, educational books, Bibles and religious texts. From its founding in 1798 to its departure from Scotland in 1968, Nelsons was an established and well-known presence in Scotland, its Parkside Works on Dalkeith Road a major landmark in the Edinburgh cityscape. This paper charts its history as an international publisher and printer, examines its place in the working lives of its employees, and looks at the impact of its philanthropic activities on the social fabric of Edinburgh. Itdraws on social history research and original interviews with former Nelsons employees conducted under the SAPPHIRE\ud International Review of Scottish Studies Vol. 29 2004\ud 29F(Scottish Archive of Print and Publishing Records) initiative.
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