The London Rare Books School

London Rare Books School students were using Historic Collections materials today, for a bibliography course in the morning and a manuscripts class in the afternoon. Among other items they enjoyed seeing two late-fourteenth-century manuscripts of Piers Plowman, a roll from 1557 showing the funeral of Anne of Cleves, and a book of hours produced in the second half of the fifteenth century for urban owners – a mid-range manuscript rather than a de luxe one, but nonetheless exquisite with illustrations and decoration. It is exciting for staff, too, both to realise afresh what we have, and to see users appreciating it.

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