The Library will close for the Christmas and New Years holiday at 5pm on Friday December 20th 2013 and reopen at 10am on Monday January 6th 2014. We hope this will not inconvenience our readers and that you all have a happy and safe holiday.
The earliest know English translation of the Qur’an is that of Alexander Ross. Ross, chaplain to King Charles I, translated the French edition by Sieur du Ryer which had been published in 1647. du Ryer’s edition was in fact the third Western translation from Arabic. The first, Lex Mahumet pseudoprophete, was translated into Latin by Robert of Ketton in 1143 and remained the standard edition used by Europeans until the 18th century. The second was another Latin translation by Marco de Toledo and published in the 13th century.
The copy of The Alcoran of Mahomet in Dr Williams’s Library previously belonged to Isaac Watts, the great hymnwriter and theologian. Watts signed and dated the front flyleaf in 1730. You can view an online edition of the 1649 English edition of the Qur’an at the Internet Archive.
The Friends of the Congregational Library will hold their AGM, tea and Annual Lecture this Thursday starting at 4:15pm. Consequently the Reading Room will close at 4pm for the day. If you are planning on visiting the library that day please adjust your visit as necessary.
We are aware of a problem with searching the online catalogue and hope that it will be up and running properly shortly. Thanks for bearing with us.
Everything is up and running now. Thanks for your patience
Just a reminder that the library is open for business as usual but for the next two weeks all archival collections will be unavailable due to a cleaning project. The reading room and the rest of the collection are unaffected by this closure. To make an appointment to access the archives in the future please contact them by email.