Image of the Cream of Histories (Zubdat al-tawarikh) by Sayyid Luqman-i 'Ashuri CBL T 414

Gallery

Arts of the Book

Exploring the richness of East Asian, Islamic and Western manuscript and printing traditions.

 

The Cream of Histories (Zubdat al-tawarikh) by Sayyid Luqman-i 'Ashuri
1585-1590
Istanbul
CBL T 414

Woman's apricot silk dragon robe
c. 1900
China
CBL C 1055

Tolla by Edmond About (1828–1885)
1889, Paris
CBL AB455

Detail from an Anthology (Divān) by Shāhī
c. 1550
Bukhara
CBL Per 257

Detail from the Five Treasures (Panj Ganj) by Jāmī
1520, borders and paintings added 1606
Iran and India
CBL In 20.131

Arts of the Book, a permanent exhibition of almost 600 objects from the museum’s collections displays books from the ancient world, including the world famous Chester Beatty Love Poems (c.1160 BC), Egyptian Books of the Dead and beautifully illuminated European manuscripts. One of the highlights is the display of Western book-bindings (5th-20th century) and Old Master prints. The exhibition also explores the arts of the book in the Middle East and India, with examples of narrative illustration, portraiture, fine calligraphy, mapping, and the use-life of books – how books reflect their readers, and how artworks on paper were collected in albums. Highlights from East Asia include one of the finest collections of Chinese jade books in the world, Japanese picture-scrolls depicting fables and legends, and deluxe woodblock prints. Audio-visual programmes complement the exhibition, helping the visitor to learn more about the arts of the book throughout the world

Arts of the Book Gallery
Arts of the Book Gallery
Arts of the Book Gallery

Highlights

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  • Image of a Coffeehouse scene from a Turkish manuscript

    Coffeehouse scene
    c. 1620
    Istanbul, Turkey
    CBL T 439.9

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  • Image of a hand coloured engraving fashion print

    Fashion plate
    A. B. Duhamel (1736–after 1800)
    After Jean Florentin Defraine (1754–after 1789)
    1 August 1789, Paris
    CBL Wep 4185.49.1

    2 / 12

  • Image of a woman's dragon robe from China

    Woman’s dragon robe
    c. 1850-1900
    China
    CBL C 1054

    3 / 12

  • Image of wooden boards for ‘half-binding’, Coptic collection

    Wooden boards for ‘half-binding’
    Probably 3rd century AD, Egypt
    CBL Cpt 803

    4 / 12

  • Image of a map of Egypt from an Arabic manuscript

    Map of Egypt
    c. 1200-1300
    Probably Cairo, Egypt
    CBL Ar 3007

    5 / 12

  • Image of an opening from a Thai fortune-telling manual

    Fortune-telling manual
    Mid- or late 19th century
    Thailand
    CBL Thi 1302

    6 / 12

  • Image of Solomon taking advice from the animals and birds from an Indian manuscript

    Solomon takes advice from the animals and birds
    c.1595
    Agra, India
    CBL In 04.74

    7 / 12

  • Image of a Japanese print showing asters and pampas grass

    Asters and pampas grass
    Woodblock print
    Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849)
    c. 1805
    Japan
    CBL J 2820

    8 / 12

  • Image of Egyptian papyrus Book of the Dead of Lady Neskhons

    Book of the Dead of Lady Neskhons
    c. 300 BC, Egypt
    CBL Pap XXI.3

    9 / 12

  • Image of a scene from Japanese scroll Bunsho No Soshi Emaki

    Tale of Bunshō
    Mid-17th century
    Japan
    CBL J 1186

    10 / 12

  • Image of a lady on horseback and lansquenet by Albrecht Dürer

    Lady on horseback and lansquenet
    Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)
    c. 1497, Germany
    CBL Wep 0013

    11 / 12

  • Image of a folio from the Five Treasures (Panj Ganj) by Jāmī

    Folio from the Five Treasures (Panj Ganj) by Jāmī
    1520, borders and paintings added 1606
    Iran and India
    CBL In 20.131

    12 / 12

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Chester Beatty
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Dublin 2
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