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Alas, and thrice woe (from my point of view anyway), this is my last ever blog for the Cambridge Library Collection. I now slip away into the sunset, leaving others to ramble on (or, even better, write snappily and coherently) … Continue reading

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The Forme of Cury: A Medieval Cookbook

The Revd Samuel Pegge (1709–96) was one of those pluralistic and partly non-residential clergymen which the reformist wing of the Church of England was so ready to deplore. From Chesterfield in Derbyshire, he was a student and later fellow of … Continue reading

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John Baskerville, Type-Founder and Printer

It is strange that there were very few biographical notices of one of the world’s greatest typographer-printers for more than a hundred years after his death. Interest was rekindled in the twentieth century by the 1907 biography by Ralph Straus … Continue reading

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The Young Wordsworth

I mentioned back in the spring that we were soon to reissue Christopher Wordsworth’s biography of his uncle, the poet (and Poet Laureate) William. It has now arrived, and is a very good read, not least because the author quotes … Continue reading

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Here are the top 10 historic titles produced by the Cambridge Library Collection in July. Scroll down to vote for your favourite.

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