Libraries, Books, and Collectors of Texts, 1600-1900: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

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

1st Edition

Edited by Annika Bautz, James Gregory

Routledge

254 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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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]

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Cultural History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS010000
HISTORY / Europe / General
HIS039000
HISTORY / Civilization
HIS054000
HISTORY / Social History