The Chester Beatty Library guidebook

By Dr Michael Ryan et al; price €15


The Chester Beatty Library contains some of the finest treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world, bequeathed to the Irish people by American mining magnate and collector Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, who chose Ireland as his place of retirement.  The Library’s fine collections of manuscripts, prints, icons, miniature paintings, early printed books and objets d’art – from across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe – exemplify the richness of human creative expression, from the third millennium BC to the present day.

This beautifully illustrated and elegantly designed guide is the first to offer an informative walk through the Library’s exquisite galleries and showcases many of the highlights of the collection, including Egyptian papyrus texts, illuminated Bibles and Qur’ans, and many European medieval and renaissance manuscripts, Turkish and Persian miniature paintings, Japanese scrolls and woodblock prints, Chinese dragon robes and many other outstanding works of art.

An ebook version of the Library's 'Guide to the Collections' is available from the Apple iTunes store:

English language version

Irish language version