History of Libraries Seminar

History of Libraries Seminar
4 June 2019, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Great Hall of Lambeth Palace, London SE1 7JU

Dr. Jean-Pascal Pouzet (University of Limoges and CESCM, Poitiers): `The Library of Richard Holdsworth (1590-1649): New Light on the Manuscripts’.


Richard 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 bibliographic and bibliophilic creation.

This seminar will be held at Lambeth Palace Library, London SE1 7JU. Admittance not before 5.15 p.m. via the main gatehouse of Lambeth Palace. Joint meeting with the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library. All are welcome, but for security purposes those wishing to attend should send their names in advance to melissa.harrison@churchofengland.org no later than Friday 31 May.

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