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Collection of papers and correspondence relating to the publication history of Buildings of the Scottish Countryside by Robert Naismith

Identifier: Coll-2006

Content Description

This collection consists of typed and holograph contracts, correspondence, and associated materials concerning the publication of Robert J. Naismith’s Buildings of the Scottish Countryside (Gollancz, 1985). This publication was developed from 1982 onwards by David Burnett of Gollancz and Jan Magnus Fladmark of the Countryside Commission for Scotland. In 1982, the CCS commissioned a report on vernacular architecture in rural Scotland, which was written by the architect and local historian Robert Naismith. Burnett and Fladmark agreed that the report should from the basis of a book for the general reading public, that Naismith should be retained as its author, and that the book should be issued in association with the publisher Peter Crawley. It was published in April 1985, with a paperback edition appearing in June 1989.

This file contains:

  1. Extensive correspondence between Fladmark, Burnett and Crawley covering the entire period of the book's development.
  2. Typed readers' report by Burnett and Crawley, recommending development and publication of the book.
  3. Three typed (two of them amended) copies of the Memorandum of Agreement between Gollancz and The Countryside Commission for Scotland, no date but 17 November 1982.
  4. Typed, detailed reader's report by Dr Ronald Brunskill on the manuscript, undated but October 1983.
  5. Gollancz New Book Sheet, 1 November 1984, giving details of the book's contents, author and projected publication date (April 1985).
  6. New foreword for the paperback edition by Roger Carr, Chairman of the Countryside Commission for Scotland.


  • Creation: 1982-1996


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Collection of papers and correspondence relating to the publication history of "Buildings of the Scottish Countryside" by Robert Naismith
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