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The Foundation Of Chetham’s Library

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Littlebury's work for Chetham's Library provides the historical timeframe around which this book is organised. The survival of Chetham's Library to the twenty-first century was the result of Humphrey Chetham's desire for his charitable donations not to go the way of many other previous libraries in the town of Manchester. Of specific interest in this chapter are the changes in intellectual life, theological views and the book trade represented by the Library's theological acquisitions in this period. The Library's acquisitions reinforce the point that the majority of the trade in books and ideas in seventeenth-century Britain took place outside the traditional model of an insular trade in new books conducted by the monopolistic cartel of the Stationers' Company. In this respect this book provides further evidence of the need to place the history of the book on a truly international footing.

Keywords: book trade; Chetham's Library; Humphrey Chetham; seventeenth century



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