Merton College Library

Merton College Library An Illustrated History

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Synopsis

The Merton library is rightly known for its antiquity, its beautiful medieval and early modern architecture and fittings and for its remarkable and important collection of manuscripts and rare books, yet a nineteenth-century plan to tear the medieval library down and replace it was only narrowly frustrated. This brief history of Europe's oldest academic library traces its origins in the thirteenth century, when a new type of community of scholars was first being set up, through to the present day and its multiple functions as a working college library, a unique resource for researchers and a delight for curious visitors. Drawing on the remarkable wealth of documentation in the college's archives, this is the first history of the library to explore collections, buildings, readers and staff across more than 700 years. The story is told in part through stunning colour images that depict not only exceptional treasures but also the library furnishings and decorations, and which show manuscripts, books, bindings and artefacts of different periods in their changing contexts. Featuring a timeline and a plan of the college, this book will be of interest to historians, alumni and tourists alike.

Book information

ISBN: 9781851245390
Publisher: Bodleian Library
Imprint: Bodleian Library
Pub date:
DEWEY: 027.742574
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 5589
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 476g
Height: 175mm
Width: 219mm
Spine width: 16mm