Behold the majesty of the ancient cathedral of Ely! This striking notebook design comes from the 1830 cover of James Bentham's The History and Antiquities of the Conventual and Cathedral Church of Ely, an exactingly crafted ode to the magnificence of the cathedral and the ancient curiosities held within its walls. Ely's rich history begins with the Anglo-Saxon princess Saint Ethelreda, who founded a monastic community in the Cambridgeshire Fens in 673. Over the centuries, the original abbey was built, destroyed and rebuilt in various forms, with today's cathedral beginning construction in 1083. With architect George Gilbert Scott at the helm, the Ely Cathedral underwent restorations between 1845 and 1870, rebuilding the galilee porch, lady chapel and choir in an exuberant Decorated Gothic style. With such a rich artistic and spiritual history, it is no wonder that the cathedral would inspire James Bentham to dedicate his life's work to documenting its artifacts. We are honoured to work with the Bodleian Library to celebrate Bentham's passion project.