Special Collections

Two books celebrating the treasures of Senate House Library – available now

These two books celebrate the best of Senate House Library. They include beautiful images and fascinating insights into the rarest, most valuable, and intriguing treasures in our holdings. The publications cover important moments in the history of the printed book, English literature, magic, mathematical history, and the internationally renowned Goldsmiths’ Library of Economic Literature. Individual gems range from mediaeval manuscripts to books printed by William Caxton, Shakespeare’s First Folio, and a presentation copy of Das Kapital.
22 May 2014
Dr Karen Attar

A new milestone: Austin Dobson online

The poet, critic and author Austin Dobson (1840-1921) is scarcely a household name. Nonetheless, he was significant enough to merit entries in the ODNB, the Oxford Companion to English Literature, and in the Dictionary of Literary Biography.
20 May 2014
Dr Karen Attar

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