Special Collections

The Bibliographical Society visits

On Wednesday 7 May 36 members of the  Bibliographical Society  accepted an invitation to view Senate House Library’s Shakespeare folios. The Library’s two First Folios (1623) were displayed, alongside its three copies of each of the Second, Third and Fourth Folios (1632, 1664 and 1685 respectively).
8 May 2014
Dr Karen Attar

Treasure of the Week: Coriolanus

Coriolanus William Shakespeare; ed. by Herbert Farjeon; ill. by C. Pal Molnár [Shakespeare] New York: Limited Editions Club, 1939 [S.L.] III [Limited Editions Club – 1939]
2 May 2014
Dr Karen Attar

1814 in Senate House Library

Recently we noticed a two-day conference to be held in Senate House in mid-May on the cultural impact and significance of the year 1814 – the year in which Napoleon was defeated and Britain and Europe celebrated peace, and the year in which Jane Austen published Mansfield Park, among other events. The conference made us think about the variety of material in Senate House Library published in 1814.
26 Apr 2014
Dr Karen Attar

‘Google Maps’ of the 16th century

While photographing volume 1 of the library’s hand-coloured copy of Georg Braun’s  Civitates Orbis Terrarum  (‘Cities of the World’), the library’s Digitisation Officer, Dave Jackson, took these shots of the plan of Milan. The Civitates Orbis Terrarum was published in Cologne in six volumes between 1572 and 1618 under Braun’s editorial eye and with engravings by Frans Hogenberg and others. In total it contains over 500 engraved bird’s eye and other views of the world’s greatest cities – a kind of ‘Google Maps’ of its day.
7 Apr 2014
Dave Jackson

A Durning-Lawrence Testimonial

The name of Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence (1837-1914) is connected primarily with his energetic exposition of the Baconian theory, the view that Sir Francis Bacon wrote the works of Shakespeare. He has left a lasting testimonial to Senate House Library in the books he collected to support that theory, bequeathed by his wife: a collection rich in Elizabethan and Jacobean publications, gems among which include the first four Shakespeare folios.
1 Apr 2014
Dr Karen Attar