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Grolier Club Exhibitions

Mark Purcell

This book is from the personal collection of Dr. Mark Purcell, who is Deputy Director for Research Collections at Cambridge University Library, where he has oversight of the heritage collections of one of Europe’s largest and oldest research libraries. It forms part of a small collection of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century books, mostly illustrated, on English cathedrals. Sometimes histories, sometimes guides, and sometimes souvenir booklets, what all have in common is that they describe and illustrate these wonderful buildings as they were before the Oxford Movement and the great ‘restorations’ of Victorian times. The collection sits alongside a collection of prints of the same era, which fill the walls of a small Regency house in the centre of Cambridge.