We have a number of new books in the pipeline for this winter. A new translation of the first German novel about World War I which will be out early next year. More details to come. Before then, in time for Christmas, we have Emperors of Rome by Adrian Murdoch. A history of every Roman emperor in the West from Augustus to Romulus Augustulus. I shall post the cover as soon as our designer is finished with it. And before Easter, out first Kindle Single – a biography of Hans Rott, the man who gave his name to this publishing house. Watch this space!
A new volume for the Rott Singapura imprint at Rott Publishing. Raffles – Three Lives by Demetrius Boulger, Hugh Egerton and JA Bethune Cook. This Kindle volume collects together three biographies of Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore. All three contain not just a wealth of information about Raffles himself and the East India Company, but they also give a valuable insight into how Britain saw its empire. All long out of print, the texts have been edited and annotated.
As ever it has been a long time since the last post – and there is much to tell: new authors signed, new books planned, indeed new books published. In the meantime a short update. Dugald Buchanan: the Bard of Rannoch has been updated. Included are photographs, biographies of all the writers, a new introduction and the correction of the (inevitable) typos. If you haven’t bought a copy yet, we would urge you to. It is a splendid book. You can get it on Kindle here.
Release date: September 17
A new volume for the Rott Alba imprint of Rott Publishing. The selected poems of Alexander Robertson (1668-1749). Robertson, Poet Chief of the Clan Donnachaidh, was an ardent Jacobite and supporter of Stuarts who took part in all three great rebellions – 1689, 1715 and 1745. His verses give an unparalleled insight into the political struggles of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries in Scotland.
Release date: July 2
It has been a little while since the last post, but it is time to announce the publication of not only a new imprint for Rott Publishing, but a new book. The first volume in what will hopefully be a long-running series is the complete works of Dugald Buchanan, also known as the bard of Rannoch, the Cowper of the Highlands. A fascinating poet and lay-preacher, not only do his writings give an insight into the church in the Highlands of Scotland, they reflect the political turmoil at the time – the Jacobite revolt and the doomed uprising of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Dugald Buchanan: The Bard of Rannoch is available for Kindle. It contains not just his Spiritual Songs, but also his Confessions – sometimes called the Reminiscences – and several letters. To put his life and work into context, his writings are prefaced by eight essays.
Release date: January 10
The first volume in the Rott Classics series is Eugippius’ Life of St Severinus.
The Life of Saint Severinus by the monk Eugippius is fascinating and important because it provides an eyewitness account of the end of the Roman empire in Noricum Ripense, which roughly equates to modern Austria. The overwhelming impression is one of poverty, starvation and increasing isolation. There is an English translation here.
Adrian Murdoch, the editor of the text, has blogged extensively about Eugippius in the past. On the decline and fall of the Roman empire here and on the connection between Eugippius and the family of Romulus Augustulus, the last Western Roman emperor, here.
Welcome to Rott Publishing.
The world of publishing has changed beyond all measure in the last few years. Thanks to the Internet everyone can be a publisher. But are they always qualified? The idea of Rott Publishing is to provide basic and reliable texts that have been selected, edited and proofed and with care. The editors at Rott collectively have 50 years’ experience in publishing between them.
The first imprint we have launched is Rott Classics. Although many classical texts are available for free on the Internet, they often come from unreliable sources and have been inexpertly scanned. All of our texts will be made available on the Kindle and at low prices. The aim is to publish one text a month starting with Eugippius’ Life of St Severinus.
Should you have any suggestions, don’t hesitate to email us at editors AT rottpublishing.com.