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1st Edition

Libraries, Books, and Collectors of Texts, 1600-1900

ISBN 9780367590994
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
266 Pages

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Book Description

This book presents the collectors’ roles as prominently as the collections of books and texts which they assembled. Contributors explore the activities and networks shaping a range of continental and transcontinental European public and private collections during the Renaissance, Enlightenment and modern eras. They study the impact of class, geographical location and specific cultural contexts on the gathering and use of printed and handwritten texts and other printed artefacts. The volume explores the social dimension of book collecting, and considers how practices of collecting developed during these periods of profound cultural, social and political change.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Annika Bautz and James Gregory  Part I: Renaissance Collectors  1. Building a Library Without Walls: The Early Years of the Bodleian Library  Robyn Adams and Louisiane Ferlier  2. Universal Knowledge and Self-Fashioning: Cardinal Bernardino Spada’s Collection of Books  Giulia Weston  3. "A Paradise & Cabinet of Rarities": Thomas Browne, His Library, and Communities of Collecting in Seventeenth-Century Norfolk  Lucy Gwynn  4. Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn: A "Collecting Friendship" as Told Through a Reevaluation of Manuscript PL 2237 and Print Album PL 2062 in the Pepys Library, Magdalene College Cambridge  Catherine Sutherland  Part II: Gentlemen and Their Libraries from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Century  5. "Ye Best Tast of Books & Learning of Any Other Country Gentn": The Library of Thomas Mostyn of Gloddaith, c.1676–1692  Mary Chadwick and Shaun Evans  6. Fashioning a Gentleman’s Library: Displaying the Cottonian Collection, 1791–1816  Susan Leedham  7. "He Was Always Fond of Books": John Couch Adams’s Genesis as an Academic Collector  Sophie Defrance  Part III: Beyond Mere Records of Collecting: On Book Catalogues  8. From Francis Bacon’s Historia Literarum to Samuel Johnson’s Literary History: The Catalogus Bibliothecae Harleianae (1743–45)  Alex Wright  9. Booksellers’ Catalogues and Readership in the Luso-Brazilian World  Luciane Scarato  10. Reading in the Provinces: Plymouth Public Library’s Nineteenth-Century Catalogues  Annika Bautz  Part IV: Bibliomania  11. Satire and the Bibliomania in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain  Shayne Husbands  12. The "Fancy for Fine Printing": Collecting Whittaker’s Golden Magna Carta  James Gregory  13. Blurred Lines in the History of Domestic Libraries in the Age of Dibdin’s Bibliomania  Keith Manley

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Annika Bautz is Associate Professor of English and Head of the School of Humanities and Performing Arts at Plymouth University.

James Gregory is Associate Professor in British History at the University of Plymouth.


"The quality of the historical scholarship is high. Many of the papers offer fascinating insights into archival practices in little-known parts of the world... Above all, Manuscripts and Archives is to be applauded for traversing the divide that so often separates medieval and early-modern historians from their colleagues who study more remote societies. The inclusion of a solitary contribution from a practising archivist is a small but welcome bonus." - Geoffrey Yeo, Library & Information History