English Collectors of Books and Manuscripts: (1530-1930) and Their Marks of Ownership

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 3, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 228 pages
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Originally published in 1930, and based on The Sandars Lectures for 1929-1930, this volume provides a historical study of English book and manuscript collectors from 1530 until the time of publication. The main concentration of the text is on marks of ownership made by various collectors on volumes in their respective collections. Through analysing these marks an unusual perspective is built up, one in which individual books and manuscripts can be seen to tell their own history; an idea of each volume as a unique object with its own pedigree is developed through this process. This is a fascinating volume that will be of value to anyone with an interest in the history of books and manuscripts.
  

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Contents

CONTENTS Chapter I Introductory
3
The Sixteenth Century
14
The Seventeenth Century
22
Harley and Sunderland
33
The Reigns of George I and George II
44
The Reign of George III
54
The Duke of Roxburghe and Lord Spencer
71
Beckford and his Contemporaries
84
Sir Thomas Phillipps
119
Lord Ashburnham and Libri
131
Halliwell and Huth
139
Bernard Quaritch and his Clients
158
The Early Twentieth Century
169
The Present Generation
184
Index
195
Copyright

Heber Miller Grenville and Holford
102

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