The Senate House Library ‘treasures’ book

Treasures of Senate House Library book cover imageWith over quarter of a million printed items in its special collections, not to mention archives and manuscripts, Senate House Library is among the largest university repositories for early printed books in the United Kingdom.

Strengths cover areas as diverse as English literature, magic, mathematical history, and the Goldsmiths’ Library of Economic Literature is internationally renowned.

Individual gems range from mediaeval manuscripts to books printed by William Caxton, Shakespeare’s First Folio, and a presentation copy of Das Kapital.

The sixty rare items featured here include a unique fourteenth-century eye-witness account of the Hundred Years War, manuscript drawings by Walter Crane, and Byron’s unfinished, unpublished draft for the end of Don Juan. A handwritten letter from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a roll depicting the funeral of Anne of Cleves in 1557, the sole extant copy of a shorthand manual from 1673, and annotations by Thomas Carlyle join the roll-call of treasures.

This stunning book is only £25.00 and available in the Library, from online and High Street booksellers.

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You can also purchase the paperback for £16.95 from the University of London Online Store.