This beautiful illustration is taken from John Gould’s five volume folio Birds of Great Britain , one of many treasures held by Special Collections within the University Library. The naturalist John Gould has been called the greatest figure in bird… Read More ›
This category was used for posts created by special collections staff before August 2016. Since then all posts are categorised as Archives and Special Collections posts.
A lot goes on in Special Collections – assisting our researchers (students, staff and visitors), cataloguing, providing images, creating exhibitions… so I reckon our blogs will be quite diverse. Check in for postings about our wonderful collections (rare books, manuscripts,… Read More ›
The Hunterian Psalter is a twelfth century illuminated manuscript, thought to have been produced in England c. 1170. It is regarded as the greatest treasure of William Hunter’s (1718-83) magnificent library of books and manuscripts. This high quality volume of… Read More ›
This month we feature a de-luxe illuminated manuscript copy of the De Casibus Virorum Illustrium by Boccaccio. It is a compilation of moral stories about the tragic ends of famous men and women. This is a copy of a version… Read More ›