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December 23 – The white whale, c.1837

Already featured in this blog series, The Naturalist’s Library is a series of natural history volumes edited by Sir William Jardine and published between 1833 and 1843 by Edinburgh based printers, William Home Lizars.…

December 21 – ‘A Sea Hairst’

The Sean Dooley East Neuk Documentary Photography Collection represents the interests of local Scottish photographer Sean Dooley, whose attention is focused on the transformations taking place in his community. The…

December 20 – Catching the Tide

Catching the Tide was a long-term project carried out by photographer Colin McPherson to document salmon net fishing in Scotland. McPherson began his work in 1995 and the project continued until 2007 during and after…

December 19 – Boat building at Anstruther

A photo-journalist, G Allan Little took pictures of many diverse Scottish and local (North Fife and Tayside) subjects. This image is of an Anstruther based shipbuilding business from c.1970 [ID: GAL-2-23]. More images…

December 18 – Fishing and photography

This image of fisherwomen baiting lines at Fishergate, North Street, St Andrews was taken in 1846. The image is commonly attributed to D O Hill and Robert Adamson, two of the pioneers of early Scottish photography,…

December 16 – Kirkcaldy promenade

The Hamish Brown Mountaineering and Scottish Photography Collection contains many dramatic images of several of the world’s mountainous regions but also represents many Scottish places, buildings and oddities. This…

December 15 – Zanzibar fishes

Sir Robert Lambert Playfair, with Albert C L G Gunther, published in 1866 “The Fishes of Zanzibar” with illustrations by G H Ford. The preface of this publication refers to Playfair’s studies of the ichthyology of the…

December 14 – Libri de piscibus marinis, 1554

Guillaume Rondelet was a Professor of Medicine and Chancellor at the University of Montpellier in the 16th century. He published his Libri de piscibus marinis in 1554. While the title suggests it was a work dedicated…