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Cynthia Johnston will speak on the new book "A British Book Collector: Rare Books & Manuscripts in the R.E. Hart Collection..."

" 'I would prefer my bankers did not know how much I spend on books'; The Collection of Robert Edward Hart, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Lancashire, England"

Cynthia Johnston, faculty member at the University of London, will lecture on a new book that she edited, "A British Book Collector: Rare Books and Manuscripts in the R.E. Hart Collection, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery."

Ms. Johnston's volume of essays by leading scholars of art history and history of the book - including Johnston herself - celebrates the phenomenal holdings of medieval manuscripts and early printed books that Robert Edward Hart, the owner of a rope-making factory in Blackburn, Lancashire, quietly assembled in the early 1900s.

Johnston is a lecturer in the History of the Book at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. A medievalist by training, she has focused recently on the history of book collecting and book culture, particularly post-Industrial Revolution collectors and collections of the North West of England. Her talk will place Hart - who collected for himself and for his community in posterity - in the context of his era's philanthropic bibliophiles, and explore his wide interests in subjects including coins and cuneiform tablets.

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For those unable to join us for the session, the lecture will be recorded and made available a few weeks after the event on the Grolier Club's Vimeo page:


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