By Giles Mandelbrote, K. A. Manley
A historical past of Libraries in Britain and eire describes the advance of libraries in nice Britain and eire over a few 1500 years, and their position as part of the social, highbrow and cultural heritage. as well as visible hyperlinks with the historical past of books and literature, the volumes contain attention of schooling, know-how, social philosophy, structure and the humanities, as they've got affected libraries. the numerous foreign size, which has affected British and Irish libraries from the center a while to the current, gets due awareness. different subject matters thought of in each one quantity comprise the housing, garage and upkeep of books and different fabric; the contributors answerable for their care and people who used them; advancements in provision, association and cataloguing; and the rules and attitudes - of librarians and clients - which such advancements replicate.
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Together with William Oldys, Johnson had compiled in 1743 the prodigious sale catalogue of the printed books of the Harleian Library. 47 Despite its evident hazards, the library in mid-eighteenth-century Britain was still viewed as the natural locus for evaluating and communicating the shared intellectual culture of the age. 46 S. Johnson, The Rambler 106 (March 1751), 200, quoted in P. Keen, The crisis of literature in the 1 790s: print culture and the public sphere (Cambridge, 1999), 107–8. 47 Catalogus bibliothecae Harleianae (London, 1743), sig.
Roberts and A. G. ), John Dee’s library catalogue (London, 1990). 10 W. A. Jackson, ‘Humphrey Dyson’s library’, in W. H. ), Records of a bibliographer: selected papers of William Alexander Jackson (Cambridge, MA, 1967), 135–41. 11 Roberts, ‘Latin trade’. 12 A disputed figure, given by G. K. Fortescue, Catalogue of the pamphlets . . collected by George Thomason (1 640–1 661 ), 2 vols. (London, 1908). 13 L. , 14 (1959) 11–27. Spencer prints in full Thomason’s description of his collection. 14 The notion of comprehensiveness in Thomason’s collection has been challenged by J.
3 N. R. , 23 (1943), 1–11. 4 The nature and time of the change appear very clearly from the Wrights’ edition of Humfrey Wanley’s Diary. 5 Katherine Swift in her thesis noted the same phenomenon in the collecting of Harley’s great rival, Charles Spencer, 3rd earl of Sunderland: ‘the final phase . . 6 Sunderland was pursuing early printed books rather than manuscripts. The appetite of English booksellers for acquiring books and whole libraries in continental Europe had existed in the late seventeenth century;7 what was now new was the drive of aristocratic collectors, coupled with English financial power taking advantage of relative economic weakness in Europe.