Monday, November 5, 2007

The British Library

So what's in your library? I ask, because I went to the one that is two blocks from my place, and it contained the following original documents:

  • The Magna Carta
  • The oldest complete Bible in existence. Written in Greek, completed in the year 350. Named The Codex Sinaiticus
  • The King James Bible
  • A Gutenberg Bible
  • The first book ever printed
  • 800 year old maps of Britain
  • Shakespeare's First Folio
  • Six pages from Leonardo da Vinci's notebook, with his notes written in backwards Italian in his characteristic "mirror writing" style.
  • Beowulf
  • The Canterbury Tales
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • Manuscripts of Beatles lyrics from several songs, jotted down by John Lennon and Paul McCartney on junk paper as they thought them up, with edits scratched in
  • Handel's Messiah
  • A hand written Mozart composition
  • A hand written Beethoven composition
  • Captain James Cook's journal
  • A letter from Charles Darwin
  • A letter from John Maynard Keynes predicting World War II (if we enact severe reparations on Germany, which we did).
I love living in London so much.

Following the library was a trip to Harrods department store which has its own entire Krispy Kreme factory (good to know we can still export something...even if it's obesity).

Lunch was held in Hyde Park.

We then headed to the Victoria & Albert Museum (which is only named after them because they gave money to support it). It was basically a random collection of randomness from across the entire world, but it included a life-sized David that was cast from Michaelangelo's so that was cool to see since I've never been to Italy.

That museum was right in a big jumble of others, so we also ducked into the Natural History Museum, which is one of the best in the world. I planned to go to the science museum as well, but the NHM was having a special exhibition on the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, with some of the best wildlife photography in the world. It was so amazing...I lost an hour or two looking at the 100+ photographs. I'm thinking about entering a few in this year's. I have a couple that I think could be contenders.

Following this, the in-laws went to a play, Sarah headed to class, and I scurried home to try to finish up my midterm. I'm falling behind big time, but man what a week.

1 comment:

tales_from_the_crib said...

cools...but no pop up books, huh?