Arts of the Book
Starting from 1st Jul 2011 (Fri) at 10:00
Arts of the Book is a permanent exhibition of almost 600 objects from the Chester Beatty Library's collections. On view are books from the ancient world, including the world famous Chester Beatty Love Poems (c.1160 BC), Egyptian Books of the Dead and beautifully illuminated European manuscripts and fine printed books. One of the highlights is the gallery of Western bookbindings (5th-20th century) as well as displays of Old Master prints. The exhibition also explores the richness of the Islamic manuscript tradition - illustrations and illuminations, calligraphy, and exquisite bindings from across the Middle East and India are on display. Highlights from East Asia include one of the finest collections of Chinese jade books in the world, Japanese picture-scrolls depicting fables and legends, and deluxe woodblock prints. Audio-visual programmes complement the exhibition, helping the visitor to learn more about the arts of the book throughout the world.