History events at the IHR

The Rest of the Iceberg: Non-Bibliophile Libraries in the Nineteenth Century

04 March 2014, 17:30 - 19:30

Event Type: Seminar


Ed Potten (Cambridge University Library)


There were more private libraries in the 19th century than in any earlier period and those libraries were more diverse, more varied and spanned a wider demographic than at any other time. Consequently, this should be a period of enormous interest for those studying the private library, yet demonstrably we have studied very few. Those we have studied have tended to be of a specific type - the behemoths of the bibliomania - yet for every Roxburghe or Spencer there may have been 1000 or 10,000 smaller private libraries of a type which we largely ignore currently. Collections of 100, or 500 or a thousand books, amassed not by aristocrats but by rectors, medics, artisans, university and academy students, factory workers, bakers, barbers and grocers.

Venue: The Senate Room (Senate House, First Floor)

Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU 

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