2012

Labels: travel in Europe

This hand-coloured plate shows France at the time of the Battle of Waterloo.

Labels: travel in Europe

14 September 2012 to 28 February 2013

In the 18th century, travel to Europe on a "Grand tour" was popular and many personal accounts and early travel guides were produced.  The Library has a good collection of such travel material from the 17th to the 20th century.

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Books never die: the history of the book

The  1819 edition of Index librorum prohibitorum (the Catholic Church’s Index of Prohibited Books) celebrated the burning of condemned books.

Books never die: the history of the book

14 June to 7 September 2012

This exhibition was a celebration of the book over six centuries. Rare Books collects books about books and representative items to show the historical development of book production through the ages.

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The body in the library

The jig-saw puzzle murder (accompanied by box containing a 204 piece jig-saw revealing the solution to the crime).

The body in the library

15 March - 8 June 2012

Dip into this exhibition of detective fiction from the Rare Books Collection and you will discover not only the delights enjoyed by readers of popular fiction in former times but also some of the key templates of the literature of crime. You will discover anew that crime is an almost irresistible prospect in a book.

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