Libraries within the Library: The Origins of the British Library's Printed Collections

Overview

The earliest libraries belonged to temples and administrative bodies, resembled our modern archives, and were usually restricted to the aristocracy, nobility, theologians, and for the use of scholars.

Dispersed along the shelves of the British Library today are many volumes that once stood side by side in private libraries. This collection of original essays explores  some of the most important printed collections which have been brought ...

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Overview

The earliest libraries belonged to temples and administrative bodies, resembled our modern archives, and were usually restricted to the aristocracy, nobility, theologians, and for the use of scholars.

Dispersed along the shelves of the British Library today are many volumes that once stood side by side in private libraries. This collection of original essays explores  some of the most important printed collections which have been brought together within the British Museum Library since its foundation in 1753, casting new light on the individuals whose personal interests and taste they reflect. Ranging from the library of Henry VIII to Sir Joseph Banks, and from Sir Hans Sloane to George III, this volume also acts as a handbook to provenance within the British Library collections, providing guidance on the interpretation of marks of ownership, stamps, shelfmarks and other forms of evidence to be found in particular copies.

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Editorial Reviews

Museums Journal
"Like [George] Thomason’s collection, this book is also ‘a browser’s delight’, but it is also revealing of a new approach to librarianship and a fresh way of looking at books in a post-Google world.”—Timothy Mason, Museums Journal
Museums Journal - Timothy Mason
"Like [George] Thomason’s collection, this book is also ‘a browser’s delight’, but it is also revealing of a new approach to librarianship and a fresh way of looking at books in a post-Google world.”—Timothy Mason, Museums Journal
Times Literary Supplement
“[An] excellent collaborative volume.”
Library - Karen Attar
“This is a substantial work, admirably planned and executed, valuable for the history of the British Library, of private collectors, and of collecting and scholarship.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780712350358
  • Publisher: British Library, The
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Giles Mandelbrote is curator of British Collections, 1501–1800 at the British Library and joint editor of The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland, Volume II: 1640–1850. Barry Taylor is curator of Hispanic Printed Collections, 1501–1850 at the British Library and editor of the Electronic British Library Journal.

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Table of Contents

Colour plate section

 

Preface

Sir Colin Lucas

 

Notes on Contributors

Chronology

Abbreviations

 

Introduction: From Texts to Collections

David Pearson

 

THE FOUNDATION COLLECTIONS

 

Henry VIII’s Library and the British Museum Duplicate Sales: A Newly Discovered De-accession

     James P. Carley

 

Isaac Casaubon’s Library of Hebrew Books

     Anthony Grafton and Joanna Weinberg

 

The Printed Books of the Cotton Family and their Dispersal

     Colin G .C. Tite

 

Printed Material and the Cotton Manuscripts

     Julian Harrison

 

Sir Hans Sloane’s Printed Books in the British Library: Their Identification and Associations

     Alison Walker

 

Sloane’s Purchases at the Sale of Robert Hooke’s Library

     Giles Mandelbrote

 

Sloane and the Preservation of Printed Ephemera

     Giles Mandelbrote

 

THE EARLY DECADES

 

George Thomason’s Intentions

     Michael Mendle

 

Clayton Mordaunt Cracherode

     Paul Quarrie

 

Sir William Musgrave (1735-1800) and the British Museum Library

     C.J. Wright

 

The Scholarly Library and Collections of Knowledge of Sir Joseph Banks

     Rüdiger Joppien and Neil Chambers

 

The BM Duplicate Sales 1769-1832 and their Significance for the Early Collections

     T. A. Birrell

 

THE KING’S LIBRARY

 

The Bibliotheca Smithiana

     Lotte Hellinga

 

Moving the King’s Library: Argument and Sentiment 1823-1998

     John Goldfinch

 

The King’s Library

     P.R. Harris

 

LATER COLLECTIONS OF PRINTED BOOKS WITHIN THE BRITISH MUSEUM LIBRARY

 

Thomas Grenville (1755-1846) and his Books

     Barry Taylor

 

Buying at Auction: Building the British Museum Library’s Collections in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century

     Geoffrey West

 

The Collection of Sergei Aleksandrovich Sobolevskii (1803-1870)

     Chris Thomas

 

Libraries in the Archives: Researching Provenance in the British Library Invoices

Arnold Hunt

 

APPENDICES

 

Appendix I: Identification of Printed Books Acquired by the British Museum,1753-1836

     P.R. Harris

 

Appendix II: Some Contemporary Sources for the Early History of the British Museum’s Printed Collections

     John Goldfinch

 

Index

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