‘Shelf Lives': Does size matter?
Dominique Ruhlmann of Trinity Hall Library continues the ‘Shelf Lives’ theme with her feature on a letter of advice from Charles Dickens to his son Henry Fielding Dickens (‘My Dear Harry’), at the start of his son’s time as an undergraduate at Trinity Hall in October 1868.
‘Does a donation have to be large and impressive to be important? The answer is most emphatically “No”! One of our star items is a single sheet of paper measuring no more than 18 x 22.7 cm. It is a modest piece of nineteenth-century writing paper with no “bling” about it – but it still has the wow factor because it is a letter from Charles Dickens!’