A British Book Collector

Edited by Cynthia Johnston
1 February 2021
229 × 152 mm
180 pp
Paperback: 978-0-9927257-9-2

A British Book Collector celebrates one of the finest collections of manuscripts and rare books in the north west of England. From the turn of the twentieth century through the Second World War, Robert Edward Hart, a ropemaker of Blackburn, Lancashire, quietly amassed a phenomenal collection of medieval manuscripts and early printed books.

In this volume, leading scholars from the fields of the history of art, and the history of the book, examine anew the internationally important manuscripts and rare printed books in Hart’s collection, and the practice of collecting itself in the context of the waning of the industrial revolution. Copiously illustrated with colour prints, this volume marks R.E. Hart’s achievement as a collector who collected for himself, and for his community in posterity.

1.      Introduction, Cynthia Johnston

2.      The loyalties of a collector, David McKitterick

3.      Contextualising the Art and Innovations of the Master of Edward IV in the Blackburn Hours (MS Hart 20884),  Scot McKendrick

4.      Journey in the Mind’s Eye: The Virtues & Value of Virtual Pilgrimage, Cleo Cantone

5.      The Blackburn Psalter and the William of Devon Group, Nigel Morgan

6.      Collecting the Art of the Book in the Industrial North West; Hart in his cultural context, Cynthia Johnston

7.      The Blackburn Missal, Francesca Manzari

8.      Fragments in the R E Hart Collection, Eric White

9.      Thinking about industrialist collecting, Rebecca Darley