Treasures of the British Library

Treasures of the British Library

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This is a revised edition of the indispensable guide to the great collections of The British Library. Illustrated throughout in colour, it is the perfect introduction to some of the worlds most magnificent books and manuscripts, from The Lindisfarne Gospels to Shakespeares First Folio, The Diamond Sutra, and The Gutenberg Bible. Some of the most famous of all documents, such as Magna Carta, have their own crucial place in history, while among the many thousands of manuscripts are to be found the earliest versions of the best-known works of English literature, from Beowulf to Alices Adventures Underground and Finnegans Wake. This handsome volume also covers some of the other items to be found within the collections, including papyri, historical maps, prints, photographs, sound recordings, and printed books from the earliest to the most recently produced. This is the definitive story of the collections, stunningly illustrated with over 40 colour and 190 black-and-white illustrations. Country Life says of Treasures of the British Library: Beautifully illustrated, one could hardly have hoped for a better-conceived book.This small Manual of Prayers is believed to have been used by Lady Jane Grey on the scaffold, 12 February 1554. ... With the fall of Robert Harley, Wanleya#39;s diary ceases for four years, just as he was about to visit Wimpole Hall, the house that had ... books to sell, whether owners or booksellers, he was dominant: the respect his learning and energy exacted was always turned to a#39;my Lorda#39;sa#39; advantage.

Title:Treasures of the British Library
Author:Nicolas Barker
Publisher:British Library Board - 2005


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