English Collectors of Books and Manuscripts: (1530-1930) and Their Marks of Ownership
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 Chapter I Introductory
The Sixteenth Century
The Seventeenth Century
Harley and Sunderland
The Reigns of George I and George II
The Reign of George III
The Duke of Roxburghe and Lord Spencer
Beckford and his Contemporaries
Heber Miller Grenville and Holford
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