Monday, October 3, 2011

Special Collections

Today I visited the Cadbury Research Library at the University of Birmingham. The Special Collections and Archives of the University of Birmingham consist of approximately 120,000 pre-1850 books dating from 1471 and some 3 million manuscripts. Today I was able to handle several rare and old books including the 1668 first edition of Paradise Lost and a 1651 copy of Canterbury Tales. - Also (the oldest book I have ever held) a 1484 copy of Plato’s Opera. I think I might be in heaven.

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