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James Thin was, until 2002, the principal academic bookshop in Edinburghmarker, Scotlandmarker, with its main premises near the University of Edinburgh in Infirmary Street. It also had branches in other cities, including Perthmarker and Dundeemarker.

The firm was founded by James Thin (1824-1915), taking over the assets of an earlier bookseller. The business grew and expanded, and brought James Thin a significant role in Edinburgh intellectual society. The author Muriel Spark wrote all her novels on 72-page notebooks from James Thin.

In 1870, James Thin purchased a plot of land in Stow ( Stow of Wedale ) in the Scottish Borders and had a house built which was completed in 1873 and was named Ashlea. This house is still a private residence but is not owned by the Thin family.

The firm developed branches in George Street, The Gyle, Buccleuch Street and the King's Buildings, Heriot-Watt Universitymarker, Napier University, and Queen Margaret Universitymarker, as well as the St. Andrews University Students' Association, Crichton College in Dumfriesmarker and University of Huddersfieldmarker, and also school bookshops at Fettes Collegemarker, Merchiston Castle Schoolmarker and Edinburgh Academy.

In January 2002 the business went into administration. The company's general bookstores were sold in March 2002 to another chain, Ottakar's, and in April 2002 the publishing division Mercat Press was bought out by its management, and the rest of the business sold to Blackwell's of Oxfordmarker.

The accounts, administrative and staff records of the firm are deposited in the National Library of Scotlandmarker (Acc. 12384).


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