Riches of the Rylands explores and celebrates the outstanding Special Collections of The University of Manchester Library.
These collections of rare books, manuscripts, archives, maps and visual materials are extraordinarily rich and diverse. They span 5,000 years and six continents, and include almost every format ever used for written communication. Many derive from the superlative collections purchased by Enriqueta Rylands for the magnificent library she founded as a memorial to her husband John.
The book features over 150 key items from across the collections. Thirteen thematic chapters contain short essays on individual items by over sixty contributors - curators and experts in particular fields. Every item is beautifully illustrated in full colour and an extended introduction charts the history and context of the collections.
Riches of the Rylands will appeal to a broad readership - lovers of books and libraries, and anyone interested in literature, art, history, the history of ideas and collecting. -- .
The John Rylands Library is part of the University of Manchester.
Foreword - Jan Wilkinson Introduction - John R. Hodgson 1. Beyond books: from papyrus to pixels - Stella K. Halkyard 2. Through painted windows: the art of illumination - John R. Hodgson 3. First impressions: the early years of European printing - Julianne Simpson 4. Master binders and their craft - Caroline Checkley-Scott and John R. Hodgson 5. 'A definite claim to beauty': the private presses - John R. Hodgson 6. Envisioning space: maps and atlases - Donna M. Sherman 7. 'Lively oracles of God': The Bible from antiquity to modernity - Elizabeth Gow 8. 'So many paths': religious traditions across the world - Elizabeth Gow 9. 'On the shoulders of giants': science, technology and medicine - James N. Peters, Julianne Simpson and Janet L. Wallwork 10. 'Between the covers': a literary miscellany - Fran Baker 11. Illustrated imaginative children's literature - Ian Rogerson 12. Power, politics and propaganda: the story of Britain from 1215 - Dorothy J. Clayton 13. Manchester: local connections - Julie Ramwell Index -- .