The blaze at the prestigious school, which happened in June, caused extensive damage to the famous Mackintosh building and destroyed its renowned library. Glasgow School of Art (GSA) has now replaced 22% of its most popular books that were lost in a fire. The school had identified books for priority replacement that were in high demand by students, staff and researchers.
Duncan Chappell, academic liaison librarian at GSA told the BBC: “In the three-month period since the fire we have successfully replaced 22% of the volumes we identified as a priority because they were in high demand and used regularly by our students, staff and researchers. “We have been very touched by the generosity shown to us which is testament to the affection in which the Mackintosh Library was held by so many.”
Among the many books donated by Blackwells Rare Books, were Agnes Miller Parker’s XXI Welsh gypsy folk-tales, which is illustrated with original wood engravings and published by Gregynog Press in 1933. This rare volume is a limited edition – numbering 216 of 250.
The art school said it had now replaced almost a quarter of these books thanks to the “huge generosity of private individuals and institutions”.