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Armenian Treasures from the British Library

Until Thursday 31 January 2013

A display of Armenian treasures celebrating  the 500th anniversary of Armenian printing, the designation of Yerevan as 2012-2013 World Book Capital and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Armenia and the United Kingdom, is on show in the Ritblat Treasures Gallery until the end of January 2013.

On view are a number of exquisitely illuminated manuscripts and rare specimen of the earliest Armenian printed books the Library holds.

Printing in Armenian began in 1512 in Venice, spreading to other European cities, the Near and Middle East and India in the centuries that followed. In Armenia itself printing was introduced in 1771.

Free / Sir John Ritblat Gallery: Treasures of the British Library