The Library World Volume 10

The Library World Volume 10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... also comprises works on other subjects. It was purchased in toto by King George III. in 1762 and presented to the British Museum. Smith, Richard (1590-1675), formed a valuable collection in Little Moorfields of fine and rare books and manuscripts. He was one of the earliest collectors of Caxtons, of which he possessed eleven. His library included Humphrey Dyson's books, which were collected at a much earlier date. The library was sold by auction in 1682. Colbert, Jean Haptiste (1619-1683), a celebrated French statesman and almost equally celebrated for his library, which was said to be one of the finest private libraries in Europe. He possessed about 8,000 vols. of choice manuscripts and about 50,000 printed books, almost all well bound. His bindings usually bear the emblem of an adder on a shield, surmounted by a crown. The printed books were disposed of by sale in 1728, but the greater portion of his manuscripts was acquired by Louis XV. and is now in the Bibliotheque Nationale. Ashmole, Elias (1617-1692), amassed a library of printed books and manuscripts, the latter being invaluable. The printed books were destroyed by a fire at his chambers in the Temple in 1679. Happily his manuscripts were stored at his house in South Lambeth, and these, with his collections of coins and medals, he bequeathed to the University of Oxford, which formed the Ashmolean Museum. His books were transferred to the Bodleian Library in 1858. The collection of manuscripts includes the libraries of William Lilly and John Booker, the astrologers, and is rich in heraldic lore and genealogical matter. Pepys, Samuel (1633-1703), celebrated for his unique Diary, formed an interesting library of about 3,000 printed books and some valuable manuscripts, which include the more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 381g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123660282X
  • 9781236602824