Marsh's Library: Imagining Japan, 1570-1750

22nd Apr - 14th Jun 2014

Unique opportunity to view rare early books on Japan

Imagining Japan, 1570-1750 is a unique opportunity to examine early European encounters with, and interest in, Japan. The exhibition displays a number of rare early maps of Japan, the most striking of which is taken from a 1662 hand-coloured atlas of the world. It also shows how Japans isolation enabled it to become the backdrop for European fiction, most notably in Jonathan Swifts Gullivers Travels.

Marsh's Library is a perfectly preserved library of the early Enlightenment located in the heart of Dublin. It first opened in 1707, and is still welcoming visitors.

Open Monday, Wednesday-Friday 9.30-5 and Saturday 10-5. Closed Tuesday, Sunday and bank holidays. Free tours everyday at 12 and 3 and each month we give a free foreign-language tour. Keep an eye on our website for details.

Visitors also get a chance to use our old typewriter, design their own book cover and write with old quills and ink on bookmarks they can take away with them. Perfect for kids and adults!

Further details are available on the Marsh's Library website.

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