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The Decline and Fall of the British Country House Library

Peter H. Reid 

In: Libraries & Culture 36.2 (2001) 345-366 

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Abstract. The libraries of British country houses have generally been
         neglected in terms of historical or bibliographic study even
though they are
         among the most important examples of private library
collections in the
         world. However, many collections have been dispersed, and sales
         these libraries have occurred with monotonous regularity over
the last 150
         years, principally because owners viewed their libraries as
         resources. This essay examines some of these "expendable
         as well as the sales from library collections during that
period. It also
         charts some of the underlying reasons for this dispersal."

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