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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 38, September 19, 1999, Article 7

SIR ROBERT COTTON  

   Well, none of you even had a guess as to who was the 
   famous bibliophile who topped his bookcases with busts of 
   Roman emperors.  It was Sir Robert Cotton, whose collections 
   became the nucleus of the British Library.   Cotton assembled 
   his library in the 1550-1650 time period, and accumulated 
   a magnificent manuscript collection, including the original 
   Beowulf manuscript.   Cotton was also a numismatist, and 
   some of his coins are now in the British Museum.  

   Much information about Cotton appears in Nicholas Basbane's 
   book, "A Gentle Madness : Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the 
   Eternal Passion for Books", a volume I've read and know I  
   have, but just can't seem to put my hands on at the moment. 
   Cotton  would have had it neatly filed under "Vespatian",  
   shelf 4..."   Here are a couple useful links to The  
   British Library:  

      http://www.bl.uk/collections/epc/homove.html 
      http://www.bl.uk/ 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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