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6 - The British Museum Commission, 1847–1850

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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 June 2022

David McKitterick
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University of Cambridge
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The work of the Commission in addressing readers and books alike lies at the heart of the nineteenth-century response to what was generally recognised as a much wider crisis. It attracted comment from all kinds of readers, besides those who had never thought of reading there. The deepest investigation so far of what became the largest library in the world. How did the Museum’s activities affect other libraries elsewhere?

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Readers in a Revolution
Bibliographical Change in the Nineteenth Century
, pp. 80 - 92
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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