A pipeline from heaven: 800 years of Dominican books
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A pipeline from heaven: 800 years of Dominican books

In 1216 St Dominic settled a religious community of preachers at Saint-Romain in Toulouse. In 2016 the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) celebrates its 800th anniversary. This exhibition marks the central role that books have played in the work of the Order over eight centuries.

Venue: Entrance Hall display cases, and view the major new virtual exhibition by clicking the image to the left.

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Lines of Thought virtual preview
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Lines of Thought virtual preview

Physical exhibition opens 11 March

Lines of Thought will trace six key concepts that have shaped the world, and uncover the role Cambridge University Library and its collections have played in the development of those concepts over six hundred years; from 1416 back to the third millennium BCE and forward to the present day, this exhibition will include some of the most iconic treasures in the Library.

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The fame of Avicenna’s <em>Canon of Medicine</em>: a view from the Cairo Genizah

The fame of Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine: a view from the Cairo Genizah

The Canon of Medicine (Al-Qānūn fī al-ṭibb) of the Persian polymath Avicenna (Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥusayn ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn Al-Ḥasan ibn ʿAlī ibn Sīnā, 980–1037) was one of the most influential medical texts in both the medieval Arabo-Islamic world and in pre-modern Europe, and it is no surprise that such a pervasive treatise should be found among the 200,000 fragments of manuscripts of the Cambridge Genizah Collections. This exhibition presents a sample.

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Architectural drawings by C.R. Cockerell

Architectural drawings by C.R. Cockerell

A virtual exhibition featuring drawings relating to the nineteenth-century competition to design a new University Library, selected by Max Bryant, winner of the 2015 Cambridge University Library/History of Art Student Curatorial Competition.

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His royal favour: The books that built the Library

His royal favour: The books that built the Library

‘His royal favour’ commemorates the 300th anniversary of the gift by George I to the University of Cambridge of 30,000 books and manuscripts that transformed the University Library for ever. It includes some of the highlights of the collection, and looks to the future of these books at the heart of University research and learning.

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A damned serious business: Waterloo 1815, the battle and its books

A damned serious business: Waterloo 1815, the battle and its books

‘A Damned Serious Business’ draws on the rich and varied collections of Cambridge University Library to highlight written records, maps and book arts relating to the Battle of Waterloo and the era in which it played so decisive a part.

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Private Lives of Print: the use and abuse of books 1450-1550

Private Lives of Print: the use and abuse of books 1450-1550

A major exhibition giving insights into the ways early books were decorated, annotated, bound, used and abused by their owners in the first hundred years after the development of the printing press by Johann Gutenberg.

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Aldus Manutius: A humanist printer for humanist readers

Aldus Manutius: A humanist printer for humanist readers

The Venetian printer Aldus Manutius produced nearly 120 editions during his twenty-year career from 1495 to 1515. This online exhibition highlights a selection of his works, which are renowned for their purity of proportion and elegance of the founts, and changed the appearance of books for ever.

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Literature of the Liberation: the French experience in print 1944–1946

Literature of the Liberation: the French experience in print 1944–1946

An exhibition commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris, showing books published, mainly in France, after the liberation of Paris and before the end of 1946, on the subjects of the Second World War, the German occupation of France, and the eventual liberation by the Allies.

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Vivitur ingenio: the 500th anniversary of Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564)

Vivitur ingenio: the 500th anniversary of Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564)

A virtual exhibition marking 500 years since the birth of the ground-breaking anatomist Andreas Vesalius, including images from Cambridge University Library’s unique hand-coloured copy of his Epitome of the seven books on the fabric of the human body.

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The death of Captain Cook: mythmaking in print

The death of Captain Cook: mythmaking in print

An exhibition by Julien Domercq, winner of the inaugural Cambridge University Library/History of Art Student Curatorial Competition, tracing the development of the print iconography of the death of Captain Cook.

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<em>Flesh wounds</em>: David Holbrook and D-Day

Flesh wounds: David Holbrook and D-Day

On D-Day, 6 June 1944, David Holbrook landed in Normandy as a twenty-one year old tank commander. His 1966 novel Flesh wounds recounted his experiences. This exhibition draws on Holbrook’s literary archive, held in the University Library, to mark the 70th anniversary of the invasion.

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‘rhythm and line and necessity’

‘rhythm and line and necessity’

An exhibition tracing the composition of John Riley’s poem Czargrad, from early notebook jottings through manuscript and typescript drafts to the first appearances in print. Click on the image to enter the virtual exhibition.

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Tudor colour printing

Tudor colour printing

An exhibition of different ways in which colour was printed in books in Tudor England, resulting from the research of 2012-13 Munby Fellow of Bibliography Dr Elizabeth Upper.

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Read all about it!

Read all about it!

An exhibition of nineteenth-century Spanish and English pamphlets and broadsides illustrating wrongdoing, crime and retribution; why did people behave badly, and how did others find out what they had been up to? The display included tales of bandits, pirates, murderesses, poisoners and many more malefactors in highly (and gruesomely) illustrated detail.

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Celebrating Sterne’s tercentenary

Celebrating Sterne’s tercentenary

A virtual exhibition celebrating the tercentenary of the birth of Laurence Sterne (24 November 1713), author most famously of The life and opinions of Tristram Shandy, gentleman. His works have inspired numerous imitations and parodies, and illustrations by Hogarth, Cruikshank and many others.

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Printing the body

Printing the body

A display of early illustrated medical books from the collection of the distinguished surgeon and scholar Sir Geoffrey Keynes (1887–1982), acquired by Cambridge University Library in 1982.

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