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Gall & Inglis (1874 - 1975)

In 1874 James Gall established a printing firm specialising in religious works. When in Paris in 1825 he saw specimens of French books for the blind and decided to design a script which could be used by blind and sighted people alike. This was taken up by the Edinburgh Blind Asylum (which he helped to found) as well as similar institutions in London and Glasgow. He was Master of the Merchant Company in 1850.
In 1810 his son, also called James Gall, had joined the firm but left in 1874 when he decided to pursue a career in the church. As Rev James Gall jr he founded the Carrubbers Close Mission. As well as writing on religious matters (often from a rather unorthodox standpoint) he had an interest in astronomy. It was his "Easy Guide to the Constellations" and his "People's Atlas of the Stars" that brought him to my attention.
As part of his work in trying to get the celestial sphere on to flat paper he developed a special map projection in which tries not to distort the shapes of the constellations too much. Another advantage of this was that it didn't distort the sizes of continents as much as the commonly used Mercator projection. It was re-invented by Arno Peters in 1967 and it was adopted by UNESCO.
Most of Gall's work was on religion but there is a fascinating book called "The Stars and the Angels" in which he not only argues for the existence of other inhabited planets but descibes the view that Gabriel would have had on his way from heaven to earth to tell Mary that she would have a baby next Christmas. He died at the age of 87 in 1895.
When James Gall jnr left the firm his place was taken by his future brother-in-law, Robert Inglis. The firm later passed to his family line although the Gall name was kept alive by the sons.
James Gall Inglis, Robert's son, was a partner in the firm from 1880. At that time the main business was publishing 'Ready Reckoner' tables - used commonly until the advent of the pocket calculator. He was a member of the ASE, its librarian, and from 1930 to 1932 its President. He was on the committee to deal with the Lorimer Bequest. He was a friend of A P Norton and became the publisher of "Norton's Star Atlas".
Harry Robert Gall Inglis was James' younger brother and produced "Contour Road Atlases". He was a keen mountaineer. Both James and Harry died in 1939.
Robert Morton Gall Inglis was James' son and took his father's interest in astronomy and his uncle's in mountaineering. He also continued the family tradition of involvement with the Church. He died in 1975 and the firm passed out of the family. It was wound up some time afterwards. [Astronomical Society of Edinburgh ]

  1. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. Edinburgh, Gall & Inglis. nd

  2. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. Edinburgh, Gall & Inglis. nd    [inscribed 1868]

  3. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. Edinburgh, Gall & Inglis. nd

  4. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. Edinburgh, Gall & Inglis. nd    [inscribed 1873]

  5. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. Edinburgh, Gall & Inglis. nd    [inscribed 1873]

  6. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. Edinburgh, Gall & Inglis. nd

  7. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. Edinburgh, Gall & Inglis. nd.    [inscribed 1893]

  8. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. Edinburgh, Gall & Inglis. nd

  9. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. Edinburgh, Gall & Inglis. 1895  [17]

  10. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. Edinburgh, Gall & Inglis. nd.    [inscribed 1897]

  11. []. Robinson Crusoe on His Deserted Island. London, Gall and Inglis, nd.    [inscribed 1895]

  12.   []. Robinson Crusoe on His Deserted Island. London, Gall and Inglis, nd.   

  13. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. Edinburgh, Gall & Inglis. 1879

  14. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. Edinburgh, Gall & Inglis. n.d.

  15. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. Edinburgh, Gall & Inglis. n.d.

  16. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. Edinburgh, Gall & Inglis. n.d.  [inscribed 1898]

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