January 16, 2022

“One of the Most Important Private Collections in Britain’ – Thousands of Rare Books Left to Trinity College’s Wren Library”

From Cambridge News:

An ‘extraordinary’ private collection of books has been bequeathed to Trinity College’s Wren Library in Cambridge.

More than 7,500 texts were left to the library by Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe – one of the largest bequests in its history.

The vast collection features rare first editions by the poets Byron, Shelley, Wordsworth and Tennyson.

Other fascinating texts include previously unknown manuscripts of Napoleon Bonaparte, George Washington, Florence Nightingale and Charles Dickens.

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More Direct From Trinity College:

[Trinity College Librarian] Dr Bell said it had been ‘quite a complicated logistical exercise’ moving 7,500 books from Surrey to Trinity and a ‘huge effort by staff sorting, classifying, cleaning and conserving the books.’

The first few hundred volumes have been added to the Library’s online catalogue and all the books in the Crewe Collection are available for consultation by researchers by appointment. A display of selected treasures from the collection is on view in the Wren Library during public opening hours, and a first selection of books have been added to the Wren Digital Library, where they may be browsed in full online.

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