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RENAISSANCE COMMONPLACE BOOKS FROM THE SLOANE COLLECTION AT THE BRITISH LIBRARY

Our initial offering of Renaissance Commonplace Books from the British Library did not feature sources from the Sloane Collection, as the lack of a printed catalogue rendered the selection of sources extremely difficult.

Following a detailed examination of the original manuscript catalogue we can now offer over 90 volumes of commonplace books, loci communes, and carefully compiled miscellanies which tell us much about reading practices and popular culture in Britain from 1570 to 1750.

There is material on alchemy, antiquities, books, fashion, gardening, history, law, literature, logic, medicine, natural history, politics, religion and trade.

The earliest volume is the commonplace book of a Christ Church scholar, 1570-1590, and there are also wonderful works compiled by Nathaniel Highmore, Daniel Foote, James Stanley, Henry Power, Thomas Browne, James Petivar and Abraham Hill.

There are also some remarkable miscellanies compiled in manuscript by John Bagford on the art of printing, the art of writing and on London.

There is no duplication with our existing publication of the Sloane Collection (History of Science Series One).



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