To celebrate 400 years since its foundation, Lambeth Palace Library is set to open its doors May 17-July 23 with an exhibition, "Treasures of Lambeth Palace Library - 400th Anniversary Exhibition 1610-2010."
"The exhibition will reveal centuries of history and hints at the depth and intellectual value of the items in the library's care, some of which will be on display for the first time," said an announcement from the Church of England. "It will draw from the incomparably rich and diverse collections of manuscripts, archives and printed books, built up over the past four centuries."
Highlights of the exhibition include:
• The MacDurnan Gospels, written and illuminated in Ireland in the 9th century
• The Lambeth Bible, masterpiece of Romanesque art
• 13th century Lambeth Apocalypse
• A Gutenberg Bible printed in 1455, the first great book printed in Western Europe from movable metal type
• Books owned and used by King Richard III, King Henry VIII, Queen Katherine of Aragon, Queen Elizabeth I and King Charles I as well as landmark texts in the history of the Church of England
• An exceptionally rare edition of the Babylonian Talmud which survived a 1553 Papal Bull ordering all copies to be burnt, which was rediscovered in 1992
• The warrant for the execution of Mary Queen of Scots
• Papers of archbishops, bishops and leaders of church and state, ranging from the 13th century to the modern day, including papers relating to the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral after the Great Fire and physicians' reports on the illness of King George III.
For further information and advance bookings, visit www.lambethpalacelibrary.org.