Christmas comes a bit earlier in Cambridge than it does in the rest of the world. Before December even arrives, most of the students will have left College, and so events such as carol services are held in November. To celebrate ‘Cambridge Christmas’, our latest rare books display has a festive theme.
The display cases are right by the library entrance, and the display includes favourites such as Babar and Father Christmas, Madeline’s Christmas and Edward Lear’s Book of Nonsense, as well as less well-known stories such as The Peace Egg and The Children and the Robin. Although it has no date, the oldest item on display is likely to be The Book of Shops by Edward Verrall Lucas, illustrated by Francis Bedford, which contains a poem about the fate of Christmas turkeys in a poulterer’s shop.
Take a look next time you’re in the library, but don’t worry if it’s still much too early for you to even think about Christmas, as the display will be up until the start of January!