Last quote by Mark Purcell
It's a startling thing, but if you'd gone to almost any library in England, Wales or Scotland until 300 years ago, the books were kept backwards. Having the spine face outwards is something we now regard as normal, but in those days the cultural supposition was that books had the title printed on the edge of the pages in ink. It began in the 17th century and continued until the late 18th century, by which time only the most old-fashioned were catching up.feedback
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May 27 2017
Cambridge's library changed early on, Oxford's a bit later. For wealthy households with private libraries, it was a gradual case of, Why are we still doing it like this? The neighbours have theirs the other way.feedback
May 27 2017
By the early 1700s, a library was absolutely standard kit of any great house - not as a showpiece, not as a place for parties or receiving visitors, but as a room where the owners kept their stuff. The evidence is absolutely clear that books in country houses were far more important and far more used than you have tended to be told on 40-year-old guided tours or in 50-year-old guidebooks.feedback
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