Ask a Librarian is moving Find out more

Home > View & Discuss > Des Cowley on the Emmerson Collection

Des Cowley on the Emmerson Collection

  • Date recorded: 28 Jan 2016

  • Duration: 02:59

'We look at something like Charles' speech from the scaffold, it was on the street available to be bought the very next day. We cannot get closer to these events than the very works we're holding in front of us here.'

– Des Cowley on the Emmerson collection

About this video

Join History of the Book Manager, Des Cowley, for an insight into the Library's extraordinary Emmerson collection of rare books.

One of the world’s largest collections of rare English printed works, the Emmerson collection features books and pamphlets from the 15th to 18th centuries – mostly produced in England – and includes some of the earliest printed accounts of the trial and execution of King Charles I.