Living Age Volume 67

Living Age Volume 67

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...tread again upon' firm ground. There can be no question that if a few books have been valued in all times as curiosities, and preserved accordingly without reference to their contents, the existence of large libraries and of many copies of the same book cannot be thus explained. Moreover, the art of decorating books, unknown in the Alexandrian library, can scarcely have arisen in an illiterate age. The fact, therefore, that we do find century aftercentury repairing the losses of war and accident, accumulating transcripts, and creating new libraries, must be taken as proof of a general interest in letters. That any catalogues should remain of the treasures scattered at the Reformation is of course a lucky accident; those we have give sufficiently startling results. 'Va find the convent of Christ Church Canterbury, posscssing six hundred and ninetyeight volumes in the reign of Edward I. Even this does not adequately represent the fact; for a volume is an arbitrary term, and often contained treatises by several writers. The chief fathers, Aristotle, Cicero, Lucan, Plato, Suetonius, Seneca, Terence, Virgil, Pliny, Galen, and Hippocrates, are amongst the names that illustrate this collection. Durham, Peter-borough, and Glastonbury are other instances of large collections at the same period. It is a common error to suppose that the only collections were those of convenls and colleges. Roger Bacon spent a large patrimony in books and experiments. Richard of Gravescnd, Bishop of London, left one hundred. books behind him, which had cost a little over a pound apiece. A little later Richard of Aungeville, the splendid Bishop of Durham, filled all his palaces with books, and crowded the very room in which he sat with them: we find more

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  • Paperback | 622 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 32mm | 1,093g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123694187X
  • 9781236941879