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The Acquisition of Books Chethams Library, 1655-1700 by Matthew Yeo

The Acquisition of Books

Chethams Library, 1655-1700 by Matthew Yeo

Published August 12th 2011
ISBN : 9781283161848
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284 pages
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Chethams Library, Manchester, was founded in 1655 by the bequest of the Manchester merchant, Humphrey Chetham (1580-1653). Drawing on recent debates about the methods of book history, this book is a detailed study of the way in which an early modernMoreChethams Library, Manchester, was founded in 1655 by the bequest of the Manchester merchant, Humphrey Chetham (1580-1653). Drawing on recent debates about the methods of book history, this book is a detailed study of the way in which an early modern provincial library was created, stocked with books and administered. Using extensive archival research into the Librarys acquisitions and the trade in books and ideas in the later seventeenth century, Yeo examines the motivations behind the Librarys foundation, the beliefs of those responsible for the selection of books and the Librarys relationship with the London bookseller Robert Littlebury. The result is a refreshing reinterpretation of provincial intellectual culture and the workings of the early modern trade in books and ideas.