The Conservation and Rebinding of the Pauline Epistles

Copied in Northumbria in the eighth century on leaves of tough, rather crudely finished parchment, the Epistles of St Paul (B.10.5) is the oldest book in the Wren Library.  Although several leaves are missing – some are in the Cotton collection at the British Library – those that remain have survived over 1,200 years of …

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Conservation of ‘Histoire Naturelle des Singes et des Makis’.

Written and illustrated by Jean Baptiste Audebert, this large, 19th century French book includes 63 full-page engravings of beautifully represented monkeys and lemurs. The book recently arrived at the Wren Library as part of the Crewe collection, bequeathed by Mary Innes-Ker, Duchess of Roxburghe to Trinity College. The binding was in fairly poor condition and …

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Conservation of the Trinity College Charter of Dotation

From the beginning of January to the middle of March, the College’s Charter of Dotation, dating from 1546 and listing Trinity’s endowments, underwent extensive conservation treatment at the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Book and Manuscript Conservation Workshop. The Charter, which is written on seven skins of vellum connected by a green cord that bears a brown wax …

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William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne (1779-1848)

This painting hanging in the staircase-pavilion of the Wren Library is a copy of 1830 after Sir Thomas Lawrence's portrait in the National Portrait Gallery, London. It was painted at the time of Lamb's marriage to Lady Caroline Ponsonby in 1805. The marriage was unhappy, marred by infidelities on both sides, though most notoriously, Caroline's …

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