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Chester Beatty Library

Director's Choice

Fionnuala Croke

ISBN: 978 1 78551 096 0
Size: 190 x 165 mm (6½ x 7½ in.)
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 80
Images: 40

UK £12.95 / US $19.95

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A beautifully illustrated guide to what has been described as 'the finest collection of manuscripts and books made by a private collector in the 20th century'
  • Features a wide array of texts - from the earliest known copies of the four gospels to Renaissance manuscripts, Islamic calligraphy and Japanese woodblock prints
  • Written from the uniquely informed perspective of the Library's Director

DESCRIPTION

 The Chester Beatty library is a vibrant national cultural institution in Ireland. Once the private library of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875–1968), it is today a museum with an extraordinary collection of manuscripts, rare books and other treasures from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. Chester Beatty's relocation to Dublin from London in 1950 surprised many, but for a number of years he had been concerned with how he might develop his private passion into an edduring legacy. Once settled in Ireland, he built a library for his beloved collection and set up a trust to ensure it would remain intact, for the benefit of the Irish nation. Today the Library continues his ethos of ensuring that the collections are accessible and engaging for visitors from all over the world.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Fionnuala Croke has been Director of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, since 2010. She was previously Keeper and Head of Collections at the National Gallery of Ireland.

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