Friday, July 17, 2009

Once upon a time, in 1781, an Edinburgh antiquarian published a book proposal. He never published the book. There's apparently only one copy of the proposal in the whole world, and it's in the National Library of Scotland.

Well, it is actually missing from where it should be, in the National Library of Scotland. I've just been to Edinburgh - had a great day, read other useful stuff - but didn't see the one, unique thing I set out to see.

Who is the patron saint of libraries? Or of lost causes? Because I really, truly do need that book proposal to be found! Urgently!

3 comments:

Felicity from Down Under said...

Saint Anthony used to be the patron saint responsible for helping you to find lost objects - and I suppose that might stretch to books and/or manuscripts. Hope it turns up for you.

Scholar Mom said...

Sorry to hear of the missing tome. That is truly frustrating!! Especially a rare volume...

I have a question on behalf of our adopted Wisconsin grandma. Her son teaches English literature at Ohio State University and would like to teach in Scotland in particular (or elsewhere in the UK if Scotland doesn't work out) temporarily or perhaps even do other kinds of work. Are there websites that list temporary lecturer positions or do you have any suggestions for how he might go about looking for a position? Ann and her son would be grateful!!! My daughter is a big fan of his because when he came to visit they went to the play park together and she thought he was a great guy. He seems like a wonderful person and I'm certainlyl a huge fan of his mom's for all she's done for our family since Sarah's birth. Let me know if you have any tips. Thanks!

Pseudo-Supermum said...

Certainly - it's www.jobs.ac.uk - that's where all uni posts are advertised in the UK.