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Robert Littlebury And The Sale Of Books

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Th e book trade fell to Littlebury and to Robert Scott to value and to sell on Castell's estate and Hebrew books, including the hundred unsold copies of the Lexicon Heptaglotton that Littlebury had failed to shift in the 1670s. The booksellers bounced back remarkably quickly, as recent research on the topography of the book trade before and after the Fire was found. This chapter shows how effectively he was able to achieve this, as well as outlining how a history of the second-hand trade can benefit from the analysis of the Library's acquisitions. Many of the lessons identified here have to be incorporated into the study of textual distribution and reception, particularly in the acquisition and reception of theological titles at Chetham's Library throughout the seventeenth century.

Keywords: booksellers; Chetham's Library; Library's acquisitions; Littlebury; seventeenth century

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