This morning I went down to London, applied for and obtained a card to become an official “reader” of the British Library (sounds grand but the entrance criteria were not tough!) and found my document. As I sat in the manuscripts reading room I made the following notes:“I […]
I bought (at great expense) some updates for my Filofax (which must use more this year), including year planners for both 2009 and 2010. It looks like the summer holidays in 2010 will be from Friday 23rd July to Monday 6th September. I could aim to do the […]
I mention below my need to get my Italian up to scratch for the trip and this afternoon I enrolled on a course at the University of Reading School of Continuing Education (posh words for “night school!). It all kicks off on Thursday 9th October.
Well they got back to me with the correct reference: I wasn’t too far away – it is “Cotton Tiberius B V Part 1, folio 23 verso to folio 24 [TEXT ONLY]”. They call it the “correct foliation”. I can see a facsimile on CD which they have […]
I have just spoken to a very helpful gentleman at the British Library who explained the procedure for accessing the original document – it doesn’t look as though that is a possibility as it is such a rare and delicate part of the Cotton Collection – but they […]
“The manuscript collections of the antiquary, Huntingdonshire landowner and administrator, Sir Robert Cotton (1571-1631) contain many maps, charts and plans. Cotton’s collecting was driven by a blend of patriotism and a passion for antiquity. The latter accounts for the presence of one of the earliest detailed European world […]