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Lives of the Founders of the British Museum

Lives of the Founders of the British Museum
With Notices of its Chief Augmentors and Other Benefactors, 1570–1870
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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108014977

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  • This two-volume work covers the period 1570–1870, and is one of several written on book collections by Edward Edwards (1812–1886). Volume 1 considers the gatherers of the 'foundation collections' of the British Museum. Among them were Henry, Prince of Wales, the son of James I, and Sir Hans Sloane (1660–1753), whose bequest of his collections to George II led directly to the foundation of the Museum. Volume 2 looks at some of the early donors of books. A chapter is devoted to the Royal Library of King George III, and Edwards then concentrates on the period 1829–1870, giving a view of the growth of the Museum under a series of chief librarians. Later chapters look at the donors of items in the collection of antiquities, and give an account of the Grenville Library of over 20,000 books, bequeathed to the Museum in 1846.

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    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108014977
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Book I. Early Collectors - The Gatherers of the Foundation Collections:
    1. Introduction
    2. The founder of the Cottonian Library
    3. The chief collector and the augmentors of the old Royal and Public Library at St. James
    4. The collector of the Arundelian Mss.
    5. The collector of the Harleian Mss.
    6. The founders of the Sloane Museum
    Book II. The Organizers, and Early Augmentors:
    1. Introductory
    2. A group of classical archaeologists and explorers. Volume 2: Book II continued:
    3. A group of book-lovers and public benefactors
    4. The King's or 'Georgian' Library
    its collector, and its donor
    5. The founder of the Banksian Museum and Library
    Book III. Later Augmentors and Benefactors 1729–1870:
    1. General view of the history of the British Museum under Joseph Planta
    2. Introduction to Book III (continued) - growth, progress, and internal economy, of the British Mueum under Sir Henry Ellis
    3. Introduction to Book III (continued) - growth, progress, and internal economy, of the British Museum under Sir Antonio Panizzi
    4. Another group of archaeologists and explorers - the spoils of Xanthus, of Babylon, or Nineveh, of Halicarnassus, and of Cathage
    5. The founder of the Grenville Library
    6. Other benefactors of recent days
    7. Reconstructors and projectors
    Index.

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    Edward Edwards

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