Pierre Belon’s Book of Fish

This small printed book  - La nature & diuersité des poissons, avec leurs pourtraicts, representez au plus pres du naturel -  bound in white vellum arrived at Trinity Library as part of the Crewe Collection in 2016.  It is full of illustrations of fish and animals of the sea including some fantastical creatures.  Printed in …

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In celebration of Eid al-Fitr

This year, the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr begins on the evening of Tuesday 4th June. The festival marks the end of Ramadan, a month-long period of fasting and reflection. During Ramadan the Holy Qur’ān was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). This blog looks at two copies of the Qur’ān along with a book of Sufi …

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Trinity College has lent two manuscripts to a fabulous new exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World looks at the imaginative world of the medieval bestiary. A bestiary is a compendium of animals - mythical and real – which usually highlights the religious …

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The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, a Cornish Man

A previous blog celebrated the 300 year anniversary of the publication of Robinson Crusoe in 1719. From the outset, the popularity of Defoe's novel gave rise to a whole genre of new work known as 'Robinsonade'. This literature employed quintessential elements from Robinson Crusoe such as shipwrecked sailors, pragmatic realists and saved pilgrims. The first …

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The Painted Glass Window in the Wren Library

This blog, the next in our series describing the architecture and decoration of the Wren Library, focuses on the painted window. There are 28 arched windows in the Wren Library all the same size, 5.03 x 2.44m. The 13 that run the length of the east and west sides are in plain leaded clear and …

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