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Lambeth Palace Library

Treasures from the Collections of the Archbishops of Canterbury

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James I described Lambeth Palace Library as 'a monument of fame' in his kingdom. It is the historic library of the Archbishops of Canterbury; its records date from the 9th century to the present day. In this new collection of treasures from the Library, sixty items are reproduced in glorious detail alongside extended expert commentary. These include illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages such as the Macdurnan gospels and "Hours of Richard III"; manuscripts from the Tudor and Stuart eras, including a Venetian Atlas, a letter from Elizabeth I on her recovery from smallpox and the execution warrant for Mary Queen of Scots; early printed books, among them a "Gutenberg Bible" with English illumination, possibly the first printed book to come to England, and Elizabeth I's own prayer book with her portrait. Later items include the medical reports on the madness of George III and the "Golden Cockerel Press Four Gospels", one of the masterpieces of Eric Gill. An introduction by Dr Palmer traces the history of the Library and sets the selected treasures in the wider context of the Library's collections.

Author Biography

Dr Richard Palmer has been Librarian and Archivist of Lambeth Palace Library since 1991. He was formerly Curator of Western Manuscripts at the Wellcome Institute and honorary lecturer in the history of medicine at University College London. Michelle Brown is Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. She was formerly Curator of Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library.
Release date Australia
April 1st, 2010
Contributors
Edited by Michelle P. Brown Edited by Richard Palmer
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
200 col
Imprint
Scala Publishers Ltd
Pages
176
Dimensions
230x270x23
ISBN-13
9781857596274
Product ID
3957561

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