Mirror of the world: books and ideas

Delight in the Mirror of the world: books and ideas exhibition and discover the many rare and beautiful books held in our collections.

La fin du monde, Fernand Léger, 1919
01 January 201431 December 2014
Venue Dome Galleries
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

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.

Opening hours

This free exhibition is open 10am–5pm daily.