Cotton Library

Cotton Library

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Cotton or Cottonian library was collected privately by Sir Robert Bruce Cotton M.P., an antiquarian and bibliophile, and was the basis of the British Library. The leading scholars of the era, including Francis Bacon, Walter Raleigh, and James Ussher, came to use Sir Robert's library. Richard James acted as his librarian. At the time, official state records and important papers were poorly kept, and often retained privately, neglected or destroyed by public officers. Sir Robert collected and bound over a hundred volumes of official papers, which practically established the role of precedent in English law. By 1622, Sir Robert's house and library stood immediately north of the Houses of Parliament and was a valuable resource and meeting-place not only for antiquarians and scholars but also politicians, including leading members of the Opposition such as Pym, Selden, Eliot, Wentworth and Sir Edward Coke
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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 186g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136769131
  • 9786136769134