Cambridge University Library : a history from the beginnings to the Copyright Act of Queen Anne /

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Author / Creator:Oates, J. C. T. (John Claud Trewinard), 1912-
Imprint:Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1986.
Description:xviii, 510 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subject:Cambridge University Library -- History.
Cambridge University Library.
Academic libraries -- England -- Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) -- History.
Academic libraries.
England -- Cambridge.
Format: Print Book
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Oates has spent his entire career studying historical bibliography and working as a librarian in the Cambridge University Library, a position that provides him with outstanding qualifications and opportunities to write a history of the Library. He traces in loving detail the development and growth of the Library and its collections from obscure and fitful beginnings in the 14th century to 1710. The reader is treated to the stories of various benefactors and librarians such as Andrew Perne (d. 1589) and Abraham Whelock (15931653); such important acquisitions as Lord Lumley's library, the Codex Bezae, the Erpenius Manuscripts, and Richard Holdsworth's library; and the impact outside events such as the Reformation, the English Civil War, and the Licensing Acts for printers had on library operations. Oates has provided a lucidly written and meticulously researched narrative with illustrations of the early years of one of the world's major research libraries. The subject is of great interest to students of the medieval and early modern periods and of the history of universities, libraries, books, and culture. Although the details of so many ancient tomes and manuscripts may occasionally bewilder the reader and the cost of the volume is startling, this book will be wanted by collections with an interest in library and university history.-R. Fritze, Lamar University

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