Lives of the Founders of the British Museum

With Notices of its Chief Augmentors and Other Benefactors, 1570–1870 Volume 2

This two-volume work covers the period 1570–1870, and is one of several written on book collections by Edward Edwards (1812–1886), whose three-volume Memoirs of Libraries is also reissued in this series. Volume 2 looks at some of the early donors of books to the Museum. A chapter is then devoted to the Royal Library of King George III. Finally, Edwards concentrates on the period 1829–1870, giving a general view of the growth of the British Museum under a series of chief librarians, including his own contemporary, Sir Anthony Panizzi. Later chapters look at the donors of items in the ever-growing collection of antiquities, and give an account of the Grenville Library of over 20,000 books, bequeathed to the Museum in 1846 by one of its Trustees.

Lives of the Founders of the British Museum Volume 1

Edward Edwards

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Book DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511710094