Trinity College Library Dublin

Trinity College Library Dublin : A History

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This is the first comprehensive, scholarly history of Trinity College Library Dublin. It covers the whole 400 years of the Library's development, from its foundation by James Ussher in the seventeenth century to the electronic revolution of the twenty-first century. Particular attention is given to the buildings and to the politics involved in obtaining funding for them, as well as to the acquisition of the great treasures, such as the Book of Kells and the libraries of Ussher, Claudius Gilbert and Hendrik Fagel. An important aspect is the comprehensive coverage of legal deposit from the beginning of the nineteenth century, viewed for the first time from the Irish perspective. The book also draws parallels with the development of other libraries in Dublin and with those of the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and features throughout the individuals who influenced the Library's development - librarians, politicians, readers, book collectors and book more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 28 b/w illus. 12 colour illus.
  • 1139950118
  • 9781139950114

About Peter Fox

Peter Fox has over 30 years' experience at a senior level in academic libraries, including 15 years in Trinity College Library. In 2009 he retired as the Librarian of the University of Cambridge, having held the post since 1994. Before that he was the College Librarian and Archivist at Trinity College Dublin. He was also a Curator of the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, and a member of a number of committees at the British Library. He has edited several books, including Cambridge University Library: The Great Collections (Cambridge University Press, 1998), the commentary volume to The Book of Kells, MS 58, Trinity College Library Dublin (1990) and Treasures of the Library: Trinity College Dublin (1986).show more

Table of contents

1. Early days: 1592-1640; 2. Kells, Durrow and Ussher: 1640-1665; 3. Alexander, Bath and the Jacobites: 1665-1708; 4. A new building: 1709-1737; 5. Stearne, Gilbert and Lyon: 1738-1749; 6. The Library in 1750; 7. Leland to Barrett: 1751-1800; 8. Fagel: 1798-1809; 9. Barrett: 1801-1821; 10. Sadleir, Wall and Todd: 1821-1852; 11. The Library in 1850; 12. Todd as Librarian: 1852-1869; 13. Malet and Ingram: 1869-1886; 14. Abbott: 1887-1913; 15. Smyly: 1914-1948; 16. The Library in 1950; 17. Parke: 1949-1965; 18. Professional management: 1965-1983; 19. Epilogue: more

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'Hugely informative and thoroughly researched.' Irish Times 'Equally at home with incunabula, cataloguing systems and techniques of conservation and digitization, no better analysis of the vicissitudes and riches of the library than Fox can be imagined.' Times Literary Supplement 'This handsome volume ... is a very welcome addition to the college's history and to the intellectual history of Ireland ... This book is not a dry recitation of facts, figures and money expended, it is an engrossing read, with shots of humour and quirky sidelights. It is well illustrated with portraits, plans for library buildings, and manuscript documents. The good-value price for an academic book should ensure a wide readership.' Maire Kennedy, Irish Arts Review 'I commend this excellent history of Ireland's finest library. It contains an intriguing 'what if?' - what would have been the Library's later history had David Webb been appointed College Librarian in 1949?' E. Charles Nelson, Archives of Natural Historyshow more

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