History of Libraries Seminar

History of Libraries Seminar
Date
1 December 2020, 5.30pm - 8.00pm
Type
Seminar
Venue
ONLINE
Description

Professor Alan Nelson (University of California, Berkeley): 'Reconstructing the Bradshawe Family Library of Marple, Cheshire, 1600-1784'

The name of Henry Bradshawe, and the family seat in Marple, Cheshire, in the seventeenth century, are familiar to bibliographers and to the book trade. According to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, John Bradshawe the regicide, being childless, bequeathed 'all my Law Bookes', along with books 'on divinity, history and other books' to his nephew Henry, who maintained the family library until his death in 1698. This traditional account is an extreme simplification of the true story, which must start with the realization that books from the Bradshawe family library carry the ownership signatures of at least four Henry Bradshawes. Books from the library are scattered across the English-speaking world. 


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