The Making of the Wren Library: Trinity College, Cambridge

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The Library at Trinity College, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1695, is known all over the world for its books, its architecture and its sculpture. Each of these aspects is authoritatively examined in this volume, as David McKitterick, Howard Colvin and Malcolm Baker explore the ways in which seventeenth-century ideas were modified and extended until by the early nineteenth century the Library had achieved the coherent appearance that it has today. Their discussion is accompanied by numerous ...
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Overview

The Library at Trinity College, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1695, is known all over the world for its books, its architecture and its sculpture. Each of these aspects is authoritatively examined in this volume, as David McKitterick, Howard Colvin and Malcolm Baker explore the ways in which seventeenth-century ideas were modified and extended until by the early nineteenth century the Library had achieved the coherent appearance that it has today. Their discussion is accompanied by numerous illustrations, including reproductions of all of Wren's surviving drawings.
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"...an outstanding and important book." Times Literary supplement

"The MAking of the Wren Library is beautifully produced, suitable for the coffee table to be sure, but more at home in the scholar's study...handsomely and helpfully illustrated...McKitterick and his collaborators are accomplished scholars whose work is based on meticulous research...The result is a nice balance of the particular and the more general." Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521443050
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Pages: 171
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 10.87 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction David MCKitterick; 2. The building Howard Colvin; 3. Books and other collections David MCKitterick; 4. The portrait sculpture Malcolm Baker; 5. Postscript David MCKitterick.
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