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 world's most magnificent books and manuscripts, from "The ...
Lindisfarne Gospels" to "Shakespeare's 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 "Alice's Adventures Underground" and "Finnegan's 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."
Number of pages: 280
Date of publication: 02/12/2005
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