Dr Jean-Pascal Pouzet of the University of Limoges discusses the Library of Richard Houldsworth
One of the few Masters of Emmanuel College Cambridge, before the late 20th century, to have been elected from outside the College. Richard Holdsworth was a Fellow of St. John’s from 1613.
Holdsworth – academic, preacher, theologian and bibliophile – bequeathed his entire library to the University of Cambridge. This bequest represented a harvest of book-collecting over some 40 years, comprising more than 10,000 volumes (some 185 manuscripts, 215 incunables and 9,695 printed books). On its arrival in 1664, this amounted to a second foundation of Cambridge University Library, but it has barely been studied at all. This presentation offers a survey of current research on the collection, together with the first tangible results on Holdsworth’s manuscripts, set within a broader frame of reflection about the process of bibliographical and bibliophilic creation.
This talk will be held at Lambeth Palace Library, London SE1 7JU. Admittance not before 5.15 p.m. via the main gatehouse of Lambeth Palace. A meeting of the University of London research seminar on the History of Libraries, in association with the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library. All are welcome, but for security purposes those wishing to attend should send their names in advance firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday 31 May.
The History of Libraries Research Seminars seminars are jointly sponsored by the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Historical Research, the Warburg Institute and the Library & Information History Group of CILIP.