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Discover stunning artwork alongside powerful words in this visual feast for book-lovers.

Recent acquisitions and new stories are featured each year in this special exhibition, revealing different aspects of the Library’s Rare Books collection, and showcasing rare and significant works that trace the history of book design from medieval manuscripts to comics.

From 7 October 2016, the exhibition features 281 new items on display, dating from 2050 BC to the present day. Highlights include:

Prince Rupert and his pet poodle, Boy.
This selection from the Emmerson collection focuses on the dashing Prince Rupert of Bohemia (Charles I’s nephew) and his pet poodle, Boy. Prince Rupert was a native of Bohemia who went to England to support his uncle in 1642 – the year that longstanding clashes between Charles I and his parliament erupted into what became the English Civil War.

Japanese kimono designs.
This display explores the art and culture of Japanese fashion through 19th-century woodblock-printed Japanese books from our collection, with a special focus on textile and kimono pattern books.

'Discovering' Egypt.
This display focuses on the 'discovery' of Egypt by Western Europeans in the 19th century and includes many never-before-exhibited items from our collection.

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