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Cover Stories: What bindings say about books
Wed, 4 Jan 2017, 10:00 – Sun, 28 May 2017, 17:00 GMT
This beautifully presented exhibition shows a selection of rare books from the University of Aberdeen’s Special Collections including examples of the finest luxury coverings through to the purely utilitarian. Many of the books were bound for, or belonged to, persons of note. Included in the display is a fine leather volume with lions stamped in gold, a binding that was commissioned in 1610 by King James VI and I for his adored son Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales. There is also a group of 15th century text books wrapped in 400-year-old waste manuscript that were used by the Renaissance scholar Duncan Liddel. A bible belonging to Bishop Elphinstone and a book of poetry owned and inscribed by Thomas Cranmer continues an impressive list in the category “these books belonged to”. A programme of talks and events will accompany the exhibition. See the Special Collections Centre website for details.