BOOK OF THE BRITISH LIBRARY


BOOK OF THE BRITISH LIBRARY

MICHAEL LEAPMAN    Book Number: 83322    Product format: Hardback

Owing its origin to the generosity and far-sightedness of a handful of 18th century scholars and booklovers, the British Library's extensive collection incorporates not only books and manuscripts, but paintings, photographs, maps, sound recordings, newspapers, stamps, historic documents and more. Its holding stands at 150 million items, increasing year by year, and is an unparalleled record of human achievements throughout history. This very special and beautifully produced book tells the story of the library's creation and explores the finest items in its care. These include Magna Carta, Shakespeare's First Folio, Gutenberg's Bible, Sultan Baybars' Qur'an written in gold and embellished with calligraphy and illumination. But possibly the most intriguing to us bibliophiles are the manuscripts of masterpieces such as Beowulf, Jane Eyre, Mrs Dalloway, Tess of the D'Urbervilles and beautifully decorated bestiaries and important pamphlets such as one written by Nostradamus, exquisite miniatures, draft translations, corrections and drawings on manuscripts such as Blake's epic poems and Homer's Iliad. Here are the earliest world maps, works inspired by all the great religions, many sumptuously illustrated, and the professional and personal archives of contemporary writers, actors and photographers. Here too are curious artefacts like Beethoven's tuning fork, celestial and terrestrial globes and quirky 19th century advertisements for freak shows and patent medicines and fine music. 256 very large beautifully decorated glossy pages.
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Published price: £25
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ISBN 9780712358378
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