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External and internal spaces of the British
Second floor view
GOLD AT THE LIBRARY
Reviewed by ANDRE BEAUMONT
Gold, an exhibition at the British Library running from 20 May - 2 October 2022, is focused on the use of gold to illuminate manuscripts and for the binding and enclosure of books. 17 different languages are highlighted from 20 countries, dating from the 5th century to the 1920's. All artefact illustrations are images taken through glass in the soft, exhibition light.
Saint Etheldreda founded the Abbey of Ely in 672. The Abbey was refounded in 970 and this book dates from 971. The present cathedral is on roughly the same site.
The Octagon at Ely Cathedral
Buddhist Thai lacquered gold book cover
Lives of the Buddha
Armenian book cover
Gold seal of Emperor Baldwin II
Calicut diplomatic treaty with the Dutch on gold
Art Deco binding on goatskin by Pierre-Émile Legrain
When arranging a first meet up I often think you should invite somewhere they need not bother about you too much - then you can get to know without really trying - a racecourse, a museum, say, but exceptionally for a library, the British Library .... and if someone should unexpectedly join the party, well who cares.
I really love the spaces - so brilliantly designed - and the finishes, and how they have been so well kept for 35 years.
The chequerboard of the entrance courtyard subtly continues indoors