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The library of Sir Robert Cotton (1571-1631) is arguably the most important collection of manuscripts ever assembled in Britain by a private individual. Amongst its many treasures are the Lindisfarne Gospels, two of the contemporary copies of Magna Carter and the only surviving manuscript of "Beowulf". It was bequeathed to the nation by Sir Robert's granson in 1701. The British Library is currently engaged in laying the groundwork for a new and definitive catalogue of the manuscripts. In this collection of essays, nine of which have appeared in "The British Library Journal" but eight of which are published here for the first time, an international team of scholars seek to advance Cotton studies by setting his activities as a collector not only of manuscripts but also of coins and Roman antiquities in the wider context of his involvement in the worlds of international scholarship and Stuart politics. The introduction is contributed by Collin Sharpe, whose 1979 monograph on Sir Robert Cotton helped reawaken the interest in this significant but curiously elusive figure.
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Book Description The British Library, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Includes dust jacket. Dust Jacket is in a removable, clear plastic (Brodart) protector, shows minor fading. Former owner's bookplate on the front pastedown. Pages are clean, text and pictures are intact and unmarred. Seller Inventory # mon0001606075
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