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Many of the libraries of the ancient colleges of Cambridge and Oxford boast remarkable collections of historic manuscripts, printed books and even non-book artifacts, making them effectively working museums in their own right. Among them St John's College, Cambridge, has one of the finest of all - including Lady Margaret Beaufort's exquisite 15th-century Book of Hours, a copy of Ovid's works formerly owned by the Medicis, Victor Hugo's notebooks, Cecil Beaton's papers and Samuel Butler's photographs of London street scenes. For this richly illustrated volume the treasures of the library have been newly photographed in the finest detail. Fifty of them are featured here, each with expert commentary by a leading academic authority. The Library Treasures of St John's College, Cambridge makes many of these historic items available to a general readership for the very first time and is essential reading for anybody interested in the history, the development and the art of the book.