National Book League

The National Book League Collection

A collection of 20th century literature, all signed by authors who came to talk to meetings with the National Book League, Glasgow Branch.


About the National Book League

The National Book League was founded in 1921 by Hugh Walpole, for the 'advancement of literature'. By 1924 Hugh Walpole and a group of other authors had set up the National Book Council and they wrote to newspapers, schools and libraries to foster the reading habits in young children. By the 1960s the organisation was known as The National Book League. In the 1980s the head office moved from Piccadilly to Wandsworth, and the organisation became known as the Booktrust, as it is known today. In Scotland it was known as the National Book League before 1961, as Book Trust Scotland from 1961-1998, and the Scottish Book Trust from 1998 to present. The decision for Glasgow ceasing to be a branch of the National Book League was taken at a meeting held in the Mitchell Library on 26th November 1953 at 3:30pm.

About the collection

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Cover and signature page, Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie.

A collection of 20th century literature, all signed by the author, some with plates and/or other illustrations. These are signed copies of books by authors who came to talk to meetings with the National Book League, Glasgow Branch, and left a signed copy or copies of their book(s) with the NBL Glasgow Branch.

Finding aid

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Cover and signature page, The Evil Hour by Laurence Meynell.

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