A planetary sphere in a shagreen case, advertised for sale at seven shillings and sixpence by John Neale, London, 1745
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25 January to 4 June 2005
(closed 25-28 March inclusive)

Monday-Friday 09.00-18.00, Saturday 09.00-16.30. Sunday closed.
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A pamphlet from one of the many religious controversies of the seventeenth century, appearing to cast doubt on the usefulness of this Library
A pamphlet from one of the many religious controversies of the seventeenth century, appearing to cast doubt on the usefulness of this Library

School & University

The resources for learning come in numerous forms. Among the millions of ‘educational’ books in Cambridge University Library, a large number consciously adopt a didactic style. These are works of instruction or advice, volumes that deliberately and directly address the needs of pupils and students, young and not so young, working in a wide range of subjects. Fashions in and methods of teaching have changed across the centuries – faster in some fields than in others – and the study of pedagogical literature has itself become a rewarding and fascinating area of research. Appreciating this interest, and the particular strengths of collections found in a great University Library, the Friends have supported with enthusiasm new purchases of textbooks, grammars, dictionaries and manuals, from every period and every part of the world.

Items on display

Martin Luther (1483-1546), An die Radherrn aller stedte deutsches lands: das sie Christlische Schulen auffrichten und hallten sollen, Wittemberg, 1524 (F152.b.1.2); Lucas Loss (1508-1582), Epitome bibliorum sacrorum utriusque testamenti, Frankfurt, 1579 (Rel.d.57.6); [J. G. van Heldoren], (fl. seventeenth century), A new and easy English grammar / Een nieuwe en gemakkelijke Engelsche Spraak-konst, Amsterdam, 1675 (F167.e.5.17); George Whitehead (1637-1724), The key of knowledge not found in the University Library of Cambridge…, London, 1660 (Syn.7.66.136); Francis Blomefield (1702-1752), Collectanea Cantabrigiensia, Norwich, 1750 (Adv.a.63.2); Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997), letter to Herbert Butterfield, London, 1 September 1953 (from MS Butterfield 122/6); William Spooner (fl. nineteenth century), Spooner’s pictorial map of England & Wales arranged as an amusing and instructive game for youth. Illustrated with upwards of one hundred & twenty views, London, 1844, accompanied by instruction booklet, London, 1848 (Maps.18.G.791-2); Franklin Kopitzsch and Dirk Brietzke, eds, Hamburgische Biografie Personenlexikon, Band 1, Hamburg, 2001 (574.7.b.200.2). View exhibit captions.

A perspective drawing from an eighteenth-century geometrical exercise book, probably made by a pupil of the mathematician and teacher William Jones
A perspective drawing from an eighteenth-century geometrical exercise book, probably made by a pupil of the mathematician and teacher William Jones