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Conclusion: Reading Has A History

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As this book has considered throughout, even a cursory look at any number of individual collectors and institutional libraries in the sixteenth and seventeenth century testifies to the centrality of secondhand books and therefore the importance of the second-hand book trade to their acquisition. As this book has done, piecing together patterns of ownership and acquisition through second-hand books will add ever more detail to ones understanding of intellectual reception and distribution in the early modern period. The books acquired by Chetham's Library represent such a 'multiplicity', and this book has explored them in such a way as to unpick the factors at work and to contribute to the large number of scholarly debates in the field. This book has to some extent sought to distance itself from identification solely with the field of book history.

Keywords: acquisition; Chetham's Library; history; libraries; secondhand books; seventeenth century



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