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  1. Fountains galore!

    Among the library’s early printed German books can be found the Nova architectura curiosa or Bau und Wasser-Kunst by Georg Andreas Boeckler, printed in Nuremberg in 1704. This lengthy work...

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  2. Norman wisdom

    The BBC’s excellent Norman Season continues to explore ways in which the Normans influenced our civilisation, beginning of course with the invasion of William of Normandy and his subsequent coronation...

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  3. Some unusual bindings

    These two illustrations are examples of the ingenious ways in which books have often been bound. The first is often known as a dos-à-dos binding (from the French meaning ‘back-to-back’)...

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  4. Make do and mend

    We sometimes tend to equate early printed books with ‘fine printing’, but often books printed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries exhibit all the flaws of a handcraft practised carelessly,...

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  5. De monstrorum caussis, natura, et differentiis

    Among interesting works catalogued this week is this remarkable work on monsters published in Padua in 1634 by Paulus Frambottus. The author Fortunius Licetus, a physiologus or medical researcher, offers...

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  6. The return of Matthew

    Long-term readers of the Library website will remember TV’s Matthew Yeo, who spent three years at Chetham’s working towards his PhD, as well as taking time out to appear as...

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  7. A flying visit

    The RAF dropped in on us at lunchtime today, but not to return their library books – Chetham’s Library is reference only. They landed their beautiful and very noisy helicopter...

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  8. Health beckons from every pie

    Being, as it is, very much the home of the pie, Chetham’s Library seems the perfect resting place for this delightful little pamphlet from the 1920s advertising the benefits and...

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  9. Rude Britannia

    The Tate Gallery’s current exhibition on British comic art, Rude Britannia, has prompted Library staff to look out some of their own favourite rude images. Chetham’s Library holds works by...

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  10. Strawberry Hill forever…

    Click on the image for an enlarged view The recent exhibition at the V&A, Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill, reminds us that one of the Library’s most important manuscripts is...

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