Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Bretons support Cardiff antique books campaign

On the Guild website, Welsh member Gwyn Griffiths reports on support from The Association of Breton Writers for the campaign to stop Cardiff library selling rare antique books at auction.
Bonhams, London, is preparing a list of more than 100 books to be sold at auction in November. It is possible, if Cardiff City is allowed to proceed with its plans, that as many as 18,000 books could eventually be sold, including books from the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th centuries some of which were donated in 1902 to the Cardiff Library by one of the city’s benefactors, John Cory. This includes a collection of rare pre-1500 books, printed in Venice, Florence, Strasbourg, Basle and other European centres of learning.
Cardiff is twinned with Nantes, the ancient capital of the Dukes of Brittany.

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