Treasures of the British Library

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British Library, 2005 - Art - 280 pages
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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.

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Really beautiful plates and lots of them. Gorgeous book for the mind as well as a great display book. Read full review

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Contents

Sir Hans Sloane and the Foundation of
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the Old Royal Library
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The Cottonian and Harleian Libraries
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Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Nicolas Barker was deputy keeper at the British Library for twenty years and has been editor of The Book Collector since 1965.