By Giles Mandelbrote, K. A. Manley
A background of Libraries in Britain and eire describes the improvement of libraries in nice Britain and eire over a few 1500 years, and their function as part of the social, highbrow and cultural background. as well as visible hyperlinks with the background of books and literature, the volumes comprise attention of schooling, know-how, social philosophy, structure and the humanities, as they've got affected libraries. the numerous foreign measurement, which has affected British and Irish libraries from the center a long time to the current, gets due realization. different topics thought of in each one quantity comprise the housing, garage and upkeep of books and different fabric; the participants accountable for their care and those that used them; advancements in provision, association and cataloguing; and the rules and attitudes - of librarians and clients - which such advancements replicate.
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29 Evelyn’s translation of Naud´e’s treatise no doubt aimed to establish a working library for the Society. And Evelyn may have viewed the Society as an appropriate vehicle for installing a major public library in London on the continental model. It can hardly be doubted that Evelyn did not privately envisage the Royal Society’s design, ‘in no way beneath that of . . 30 A library must have seemed essential for such an undertaking. From its inception the Society’s ‘Repository’ had included books together with natural curiosities and artefacts.
On manuscripts’ is undated, but was 32 Keynes, John Evelyn, 17–18; the plan is at Royal Society, CP, xvii, i. What appears to be an earlier version of the ‘Designe’ can be found among Evelyn’s papers in BL MS Add. 78344(4) d. 33 Naud´e, Instructions, 30; cf. Nelles, ‘The library as an instrument of discovery’, 50–1. 34 Hunter, ‘John Evelyn’, 74–84; cf. Keynes, John Evelyn, 116. See further K. Odis, ‘The Royal Society of London’s history of trades programme: an early episode in applied science’, Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London 39 (1985), 129–58.
For the most part, the defenders of antiquity continued to exert their authority in the ensuing neo-classical age in literature and the arts, while the moderns, just as Wotton had forecast, reaffirmed and extended their victory in modern science and technology. Nevertheless, when at last the quarrel subsided, it left at least one legacy in the continuing question about the relationship of past literature to modern life and the rˆole of modern scholarship in serving or obstructing the practical value of the classics.