Collecting the past: Manuscript and book collecting in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Toby Burrows, Cynthia Johnston

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Abstract

The nineteenth and twentieth centuries were a great age of manuscript and book collecting in Britain and North America. Many of the best-known collectors were active in this period, and several of them founded significant libraries or museums which perpetuate and memorialize their collections to the present day. The turnover of manuscripts alone was at a very high level; the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts records almost 100,000 transactions through auctions and sales catalogues during this time. 1 This volume, which has its origins in a conference held in 2016 at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, brings together essays on a selection of key people involved in collecting books and manuscripts during this period. While these essays are not intended to form a fully comprehensive history, they aim to illustrate the breadth and variety of collectors and their activities, and demonstrate the various different themes which were at play during this time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollecting the past
Subtitle of host publicationBritish collectors and their collections from the 18th to the 20th centuries
EditorsToby Burrows, Cynthia Johnston
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Chapter1
Pages1-7
Number of pages7
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781351208543
ISBN (Print)9780815382348
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2018

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