The Invisible Library; Books, Book Rooms and Inventories at a Northamptonshire Manor House

Mark Pucell (National Trust)
6 December 2011


First founded as an Augustinian Priory in the twelfth century, Canons Ashby was for over 400 years the home of the Dryden family.  The history of libraries on the site is complex and many-layered, but one thing is striking: the near invisibility of books in the pre-nineteenth century documentary record.  The paper will discuss the reasons which may underlie this, and will explore the pitfalls of relying on inventories when writing the history of domestic libraries.
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