25 January 2019

Discover rare books at the Jubilee Library

Poster for rare books display Angels: The Devotional & The Decorative

A display of rare books and other exhibits from the Jubilee Library’s special collections has been extended until 7 April 2019.

‘Angels: The Devotional & The Decorative’ showcases examples of illustrations of angels in literature over the centuries and features items not normally on public show.

The display includes epic poems, religious manuscripts, ancient myths and Art Nouveau designs. There’s also a nod to Cupid, who features in ancient texts and Victorian romantic poetry.

The display is on show in the Tony Miller Reading Room at the Jubilee Library in Jubilee Street and is usually open during library opening hours. Occasionally the room is used for other events, so please call 01273 296984 if you're making a special trip.

Rare books and special collections

Did you know?

  • There are over 50,000 volumes in the special collections at the Jubilee and Hove Library 
  • Items date from the 13th century to the 20th century.
  • The collection includes early printed books, illuminated manuscripts, and first editions
  • They are stored in specially controlled temperature and humidity conditions to protect them

‘Angels: The Devotional & The Decorative’ contains just a small selection from the collections. Other items can be viewed by appointment. 

Find out more about our rare books and special collections and check out our online rare books catalogue.