NLB: Treasures of the Rare Gallery

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Map of Sumatra
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The History of Java
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Photograph of John Crawfurd

For the first time, the National Library Board’s opened its Rare Gallery to the public, featuring 38 curated items relating to Sir Stamford Raffles. Included are original autographed letters, his baptismal record, hand-coloured maps, and an obituary of Raffles – all of which were acquired from an extensive, 5000-item collection amassed by Dr. John Bastin over 50 years. Bastin’s considered the world’s leading authority on Singapore’s founder. Learn more about the exhibition by joining one of the monthly tours by Treasures of the Rare Gallery and Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, held on the first Thursday of each month. Pre-registration required.


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