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A British Book Collector

Rare Books and Manuscripts in the R.E. Hart Collection, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

Distributed for University of London Press

A British Book Collector

Rare Books and Manuscripts in the R.E. Hart Collection, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

"Something for my Native Town" celebrates new research on one of the finest collections of manuscripts and rare books in the North West of England, the R.E. Hart Collections of the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery. Leading scholars from the fields of art history and history of the book examine anew the internationally important manuscripts and rare printed books in Hart’s collection. They also analyze the practice of collecting itself in the context of the waning of industrial revolution. Copiously illustrated with color prints, this volume marks R.E. Hart’s achievement as a collector—one who collected for himself and for his community in posterity.


200 pages | 50 color plates | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

Art: British Art

Literature and Literary Criticism: British and Irish Literature, Germanic Languages


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Table of Contents

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

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