Detail, 10th century manuscript containing 28 grid poems. This folio - currently on display at the British Library - has 1505 letters arranged in a grid of 35 columns and 43 rows spelling out a poem - and also concealing phrases revealed by superimposed shapes and images.
The glittering cross at the centre of the grid has a palindromic acrostic on it: ‘ORO TE RAMUS ARAM ARA SUMAR ET ORO’ - ‘I pray, O cross and altar, to be saved through you.’ The letter ‘M’ forms the central point of the cross, the hinge on which the phrase repeats itself vertically. Beneath is an image of the author, Hrabanus Maurus (780-856).
The manuscript - De laudibus sanctae crucis (‘In Praise of the Holy Cross’) - is on display in the exhibition 'Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War' at the British Library.
This image from the London Review of Books: 'At the British Library' by Mary Wellesley.
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The British Library receives a copy of every single publication produced in the UK and Ireland - as a result, it has over 150 million items in its catalogue, with three million new items added annually. It also has millions of sounds archives of voices such as James Joyce and Florence Nightingale. @thebritish.library
Penny Blacks and Penny Reds displayed within these lovely wooden racks at the British Library @britishlibrary
The postage stamps are part of the National Philatelic Collection which contains more than 8 million items.
The Tapling bequest was first gifted to the British Museum in 1891 and is now on display at the British Library, the only major 19th-century philatelic collection that remains intact. .
Lusted Green are delighted to be working with the British Library on projects to be completed in Spring 2019