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From Kells to Kindle Exhibition (Castlebar Library)

Date(s): May 1st-May 5th, 2012  Library opening hours

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Anyone with a passing interest in books and book production over the centuries should be fascinated by a special exhibition - 'From Kells to Kindle' which will take place in Castlebar Library. The exhibition is curated by a group of fourth year hons. Heritage students from GMIT, Castlebar, and is built around a selection of antiquarian books from the private collection of Sean Lysaght and his late father, Paddy. The Lysaght collection comprises a selection of rare books from the 16th to the mid-20th century.

Visitors will have a chance to learn more about many interesting aspects of the materials and techniques of book production used throughout the centuries. You will find out about the history of paper, its manufacturing techniques and some interesting defects which can arise. There will be examples of binding methods and techniques, as well as information on the origins of dust jackets, with some colourful covers on display.There will be examples of the progression of book covering from early vellum to modern cloth covers. You will be able to enjoy a selection of illustrations from detailed 16th century woodcuts to the grandeur of 19th century acquatints.One of the highlights of the exhibition is a 1591 translation of Aristo's Orlando Furioso, by John Harrington showing an early example of copper plate engravings.The exhibition will be launched on Tuesday, 5th MAy at 5pm in the Castlebar Library.

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