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Special Exhibit: The Global Book


How do physical attributes in books reveal cross-cultural influences? Have the same creative impulses emerged in places hundreds of years and thousands of miles apart? Can juxtaposing one book with another tell us something about each that we cannot get by looking at just one? A new exhibition hosted by Western Libraries Heritage Resources raises these questions and invites viewers to consider books as one point of departure for exploring our shared global heritage. Among the materials on display are examples of manuscript illumination from medieval Europe and the Middle East; a selection of illustrated bindings produced in Japan, Europe, and the United States; a Quranic writing board; a Roman wax tablet; two Buddhist sutras; an original palm leaf manuscript; and several highlights from Western Librariesí prominent Mongolian Studies collection.