Tuesday, March 01, 2005

World Tour of Libraries

The following online library exhibits are all brought to you by the Library of Congress. Rome Reborn: The Vatican Library & Renaissance Culture. This exhibition at the Library of Congress is "an attempt on the part of the Vatican Library at a distance of over sixty years to express its gratitude to all those from North America who contributed so forcefully to "the common convenience of the learned" which is at the heart of the Vatican Library..." Creating French Culture: Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Each of the main sections (Monarchs & Monasteries, Path to Royal Absolutism, Rise and Fall of the Absolute Monarchy, and From Empire to Democracy) include interesting scans and tidbits of information. Dresden: Treasures from the Saxon State Library. More information and better scans than the above though no thumbnails. Book lovers might enjoy this exhibit's "Renaissance Fine Bindings." Scrolls From the Dead Sea: The Ancient Library of Qumran and Modern Scholarship. This exhibition "brings before the American people a selection from the scrolls which have been the subject of intense public interest."


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