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The Rylands Library in Manchester

The John Rylands Library is a truly impressive library in Manchester.  Ascending its  beautiful gothic staircase or strolling across the  bridge that leads from the modern wing to the Victorian flight of fancy that is the  interior, is simply breath taking

On your way , you’ll pass a forest of columns en route to the religious collection, which manages to be dismal and also uplifting at the same time. It’s lined with fine publications and is used by artists as well as intellectuals. A Gutenberg Bible and  a papyrus thought to be the oldest enduring scrap of the New Testimony are part of the library’s treasures

The John Rylands Library in Manchester was established by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her late husband John Rylands. In 1889 the architect Basil Champneys designed the striking gothic building, it took ten years to build and was opened to the Manchester  public on 1 January 1900

In 1892 Mrs Rylands acquired the collection of the 5th Earl Spencer. It was considered to be the finest collection of books then in private possession, the core library  had actually been created by George John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834).

The library was made into part of  The College of Manchester in 1972 and presently holds the Unique Collections of The University of Manchester Library. Mrs Rylands’ memorial to her husband is currently  a component of the third largest scholastic collection in the United Kingdom, and the library now in Manchester, Deansgate houses over 250,000 published volumes, as well as more than a million manuscripts and historical treasures

Today, Basil Champneys’ beautiful building holds one the finest collections of rare publications, manuscripts and also archives in the world. The collections encompass almost all examples of printing – stunning detailed publications, every stage in the growth of typography, essential historic texts and charming bookbindings. They cover a variety of topics: theology and also economic, social, political and armed forces background; traveling and also exploration; literary works, drama as well as songs; art as well as style; scientific research as well as medicine.

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