A great many choice books: 300 years of the Old Library
Trinity College Library’s history reflects that of the nation: periods of stability, prosperity and growth interrupted by political turbulence and stagnation. The wealth of the Library's collections owes much to the foresight of the College's founders and the generosity of its benefactors dating from shortly after its foundation in 1592. This long history is celebrated with a display of fine books and manuscripts alongside records relating to the construction and fabric of the Old Library building. Among the exhibition highlights are: the 12th-century Winchcombe Psalter; the 14th-century Dublin Apocalypse; a first edition of Martin Luther's Old Testament; a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible; fine bindings from the collection of the 18th-century connoisseur Henry George Quin; and books from the superb Fagel Library.
This exhibition will be on display in the Long Room, Trinity College Old Library from April - October 2012.