Court Assistant Tim Connell writes:

An exhibition at the Guildhall Library has just opened concerning the life and times of the Elizabethan financier Sir Thomas Gresham, who was the financial adviser to four Tudor monarchs (without losing his head). He founded the Royal Exchange and brought a great deal of trade to London and when he died left his money to create Gresham College, which still offers a full range of free  lectures to the public. 

Less known is his Library, which is now housed at the Guildhall. Key bibliographical treasures on display cover a period from the 15th to the 19th centuries. They include a copy of Shakespeare's Fourth Folio, a range of early travel books ranging from Chile to China and items by the 17th Century polymath and Gresham Professor Robert Hooke whose illustration of a flea is shown above,  (This image comes from from Hooke's early experiments with a microscope, published in his Micrographia of 1665 and was taken from Wellcome Images, a website operated by Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation based in the United Kingdom.)

For more information contact the Exhibition organiser Court Assistant Professor Tim Connell on <t.j.connell@city.ac.uk>.

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