British Library, London

British Library, literary tourism

Statue of Isaac Newton by artist/sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi on the British Library’s piazza,. The second largest library in the world by number of items catalogued. It holds well over 150 million items from many countries. Highlights include:

The Magna Carta 1215
The Guttenberg Bible 1454 – 1455
Aesop, Fables, printed 1484
“The St Cuthbert Gospel” – the oldest surviving book in Europe
The Beowulf Manuscript – 11th century
Shakespeare’s First Folio – 1623
Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” with drawings by the author
Sketches by Leonardo da Vinci
Jane Austen’s notepad
Musical scores by the likes of Bach and Mozart
Mozart’s marriage contract from 1782
Beethoven’s tuning fork
Handwritten lyrics of Lennon and McCartney’s Yesterday.

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