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For the first time its history, the Library has published a fully illustrated guide to some of the most important items in our collections.

Front cover of Riches of the Rylands

Front cover of Riches of the Rylands.

Riches of the Rylands, published by Manchester Universiy Press, explores and celebrates the Library’s outstanding Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, archives, maps and visual materials.

The book features over 150 key items, each one chosen for its intrinsic interest and significance, and to reflect the broad spectrum of the collections. The book is arranged thematically, with thirteen chapters containing short essays on individual items by over sixty contributors – curators and experts in particular fields. Every item is beautifully illustrated in full colour. An extended introduction charts the history and context of the collections, and explores how they ‘speak’ to one another and to many different audiences.

Sample opening from Riches of the Rylands.

Sample opening from Riches of the Rylands.

Riches of the Rylands will appeal to lovers of books and libraries, and anyone interested in literature, art, history, the history of ideas, and collecting, as well as more specialist academic audiences.

The book is available from Manchester University Press and online suppliers for £30, and is currently on sale at The John Rylands Library at the special introductory price of £25.