Approximately 50 items. This material has been fully catalogued on the Library and Photographic Archive catalogue.
The collection consists of books on the history of decorative art, furniture, and the English country house from the library of the late art historian, Dr Geoffrey Beard OBE, FSA.
The library was donated to the Paul Mellon Centre by the Attingham Trust in July 2017.
Dr Geoffrey Beard OBE, FSA (1929–2015) was an architectural historian, museum director, teacher and writer. He was director of Cannon Hall, near Barnsley and director of the Visual Arts Centre at Lancaster University from 1972–1982. He co-founded the Furniture History Society and was a director, president and trustee of the Attingham Trust. His specialism was in the decorative arts, particularly plasterwork and furniture.