The first week of the London Rare Books School for 2012 began. It is hard to realise that LRBS is in its fifth year already. Students enjoyed the introductory lecture about Senate House Library and its collections of manuscripts and printed books, and seeing the accompanying exhibition. It was startling for us to realise that Shakespeare’s First Folio was by far the least rare book on display, if the most iconic. Exhibits this year included a late-fifteenth century Italian manuscript acquired by Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence from the Phillipps Collection, and a copy of Pietro Paolo Vergerio’s educational treatise ‘De Ingenuis Moribus ac Liberalibus Adolescentiae Studiis Liber’.