An exhibition of medival manuscripts and books in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Bishop Elphinstone's Aberdeen Breviary.
It is 500 years since the completion of the Aberdeen Breviary - the book for which printing was introduced to Scotland. This service book for the pre-Reformation church in Scotland was compiled under the direction of William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen, who founded King's College, Aberdeen, and was counsellor to James III and James IV. It was printed in Edinburgh by Chepman and Myllar, Scotland's first printers. To mark the anniversary, NLS have teamed up with the University of Aberdeen to put together a small display of illuminated manuscripts and incunables (books printed before 1500) to celebrate Elphinstone's achievement and to set the breviary in its context of the Renaissance in Scotland during the reign of James IV. Two copies of the breviary are on show - one from NLS collections and one from University of Aberdeen Library.