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Guided tour of 'Expect the Unexpected'

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Rare Books? Expect the Unexpected

The staff from the University Archives will give us a tour of an exhibition of things you wouldn’t expect to find in the Rare Books Collections. The University’s Rare Books Collections are vast, varied, and full of the unexpected.They include modern books with special features such as first editions, books owned and annotated by distinguished individuals, and those produced by hand-press printing or in a limited edition. They have absorbed treasures from around the world, books without obvious academic use, and those so specialised they seem unlikely to ever find a reader.

We have some unlikely-sounding things in the collections: comics; ephemeral-looking pamphlets; cheaply-printed books; things which are not that old and appear run-of-the-mill; things which aren’t even books. They are all here for a reason…




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