Delight in the Mirror of the world: books and ideas exhibition and discover the many rare and beautiful books held in our collections.
01 January 2014–31 December 2016
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View stunning, rare and significant modern and historical books that trace the history of book production, design and illustration showcasing items from medieval manuscripts through to comics. Highlights include the exceptional art of La fin du monde (1919), illustrated by French Modernist Fernand Léger, and the intricate life-sized drawings in Birds of America (early 19th century), one of the Library’s most precious books.
The exhibition's title is taken from William Caxton's Myrrour of the worlde (1490), one of the first illustrated books published in England.
Recent acquisitions and new stories are featured each year in this special exhibition, revealing different aspects of the Library’s Rare Books collection.
This free exhibition is open 10am–5pm daily.
Explore rare books at the Library
Inspired by Mirror of the world? Discover more about the rare and beautiful books held at the Library by delving into our History of the book collection. Uncover our collection of medieval manuscripts, artists' books or private press titles either online or in person at the Library. To learn more about artists' books in particular, watch this facinating interview with History of the Book Collections Manager Des Cowley.