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English Book Collectors   By: (1830-1913)

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In William Younger Fletcher's English Book Collectors, readers are treated to a fascinating journey through the history of English book collecting. With meticulous research and a deep passion for the subject matter, Fletcher offers a comprehensive exploration of this often overlooked aspect of literary culture.

Right from the start, Fletcher's writing grips the reader. His prose is clear and accessible, making it easy for both book collectors and newcomers to the subject to engage with his work. The author's ability to convey his enthusiasm for book collecting is contagious, drawing readers in and inspiring them to delve deeper into the world of rare books.

One of the most compelling aspects of this book is Fletcher's attention to detail. He thoughtfully traces the origins of book collecting in England, from its early beginnings in the Renaissance to the height of its popularity in the 19th century. His meticulous research is evident in the extensive bibliography and footnotes, which provide readers with a wealth of additional resources to explore.

English Book Collectors also offers fascinating insights into the lives and personalities of prominent collectors throughout history. Fletcher brings these characters to life, showing how their passion for books shaped not only their personal lives but also the literary landscape of their time. From Sir Robert Cotton, whose collection formed the foundation of the British Library, to Thomas Phillipps, known for his insatiable appetite for acquiring rare manuscripts, these individuals become vibrant figures within the narrative.

Furthermore, Fletcher expertly weaves together anecdotes, historical context, and analysis, ensuring that the book never feels dry or purely scholarly. Each chapter is well-structured and builds upon the previous one, leading readers on a captivating journey through time.

While English Book Collectors is undoubtedly a valuable resource for those interested in the history of book collecting, it is also an enjoyable read for any book lover. Fletcher's passion shines through on every page, making it an inspiring and informative study. This book serves as both an introduction to the topic and a tribute to the countless individuals who dedicated their lives to the preservation and collection of books.

In conclusion, William Younger Fletcher's English Book Collectors is an invaluable contribution to the field of book history. With its engaging writing style, meticulous research, and compelling narratives, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in the world of rare books and the individuals who make it come alive.

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The English Bookman's Library

Edinburgh: T. and A. CONSTABLE, (late) Printers to Her Majesty

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My principal object in compiling this work on English Book Collectors has been to bring together in a compact and convenient form the information respecting them which is to be found scattered in the works of many writers, both old and new. While giving short histories of the lives of the collectors, and some description of their libraries, I have also endeavoured to show what manner of men the owners of these collections were. In doing this I have sought, where practicable, to let the accounts be told as much as possible in the words of their biographers, as their narratives are often not only full of interest, but are also couched in delightfully quaint language. As it would not be possible in a volume of this size to furnish satisfactory notices of all the Englishmen who have formed large libraries, I have selected some of those who appear to possess special claims to notice, either on the ground of their interesting personality, or the exceptional importance of their collections... Continue reading book >>

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