17 July 2012: a group of nineteen guests from the National Endowment for the Humanities (America) came to the Library for a class on Chaucer conducted by Professors A.S.G. Edwards and Julia Boffey. Items displayed included manuscripts contemporary with Chaucer and landmark editions of Chaucer printed from 1492 onwards. The seventeen students and two teachers were enthusiastic about the books and manuscripts and fulsome in their praise, observing how fascinating it was to see ‘real books’ from the fifteenth, sixteenth, early seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries at close quarters. The book as artefact retains its excitement in this digital age!