The Wren Digital Library provides access to digitised collections from the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge. The founding purpose was to digitise the College’s collection of Western medieval manuscripts catalogued by M. R. James in 1901-3. There are currently over 600 of these manuscripts accessible online. The Digital Library is also gradually expanding to include modern manuscripts and a selection of printed books.
Highlights of the collection now available online include:
- The great 12th century Eadwine Psalter from Christ Church, Canterbury
- The 13th century Anglo-Norman Trinity Apocalypse
- The 13th century Romance of Alexander
- The 14th century manuscript of Piers Plowman
- The Milton manuscript
- The notebook of Isaac Newton
- Isaac Newton’s own copy of his Principia Mathematica
And from the recently acquired Crewe Collection:
- Aeronautica, a volume of cuttings and illustrations
- Athena, an Owlet from the Parthenon, written for Florence Nightingale
- Kaladlit Assilialiait, woodcuts drawn and engraved by Greenlanders
- La nature et diversité des poissons, a handcoloured book by Pierre Belon printed in 1555
- The Execution of Courvoisier, a volume of cuttings and ephemera
- The Rossiad, by Lord Alfred Douglas (1916)
- Wilton Garden, engravings by Isaac de Caus
Further information on the Crewe Collection can be found here.
The images in the Wren Digital Library are Copyright the Master and Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge and covered by a Creative Commons BY-NC license. Anyone wishing to obtain the original high resolution images for publication or for other reasons should please contact the library.