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Title: The Dispersal of Monastic Libraries in the Early Nineteenth Century: Buxheim and Karakallou
Author(s): Jackson Williams, Kelsey
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Keywords: Monasticism
monastic libraries
book collecting
Earl Spencer
Robert Curzon
Date Deposited: 22-Apr-2024
Citation: Jackson Williams K (2024) The Dispersal of Monastic Libraries in the Early Nineteenth Century: Buxheim and Karakallou. <i>Library and Information History</i>, 40.
Abstract: This article discusses the dramatic dispersal of monastic libraries in Europe and the Christian East during the early nineteenth century through two contrasting examples. These are: (1) the 1423 St Christopher woodblock print and other early examples of fifteenth-century printing, formerly the property of the Charterhouse at Buxheim in Swabia but purchased in 1803 by Alexander Horn for George John, 2nd Earl Spencer; and (2) a series of Byzantine manuscripts, formerly the property of the monastery of Karakallou on Mount Athos but purchased in 1837 by Robert Curzon, later 14th Baron Zouche. It identifies changing perceptions surrounding the value and use of books on the parts of both monks and collectors as central to this moment and explores the different – but often surprisingly similar – ways in which books left monastic ownership in western vs. eastern contexts.
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Edinburgh University Press in Library and Information History. The Version of Record will be available online at:
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