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The Acquisition Of Classics, History And Law

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This chapter examines the Library's acquisition of texts in these three areas with respect to three key factors identified in other parts of this book. The first issue is the rate and speed of acquisition of particular sets of books and titles across the century. The second issue is the material form and bibliographical quality of the books acquired by the Library, and how far they can be described as the 'best editions available'. The third and final issue is the extent to which the reception of classical, legal and historical scholarship in this period in Manchester was qualified by the supply of books to institutions by booksellers keen to rid themselves of unprofitable and unmarketable titles. It uses the connections between intellectual and material cultures and readership to better understand the reception of works of classics, history and law in Chetham's Library in the early modern period.

Keywords: booksellers; Chetham's Library; history and law; Library's acquisition; reception of classical



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