The library of Richard Stonley
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This series of research seminars, which are freely open for anyone to attend, has been organised by the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and are jointly sponsored by the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Historical Research and CILIP's Library and Information History Group.
Seminar convenors: Giles Mandelbrote (Lambeth Palace Library); Dr. Keith A. Manley (National Trust); Professor Simon Eliot (Institute of English Studies); Professor Isabel Rivers (Queen Mary).
Speaker: Dr Jason Scott-Warren (Gonvilee & Caius College, University of Cambridge)
Richard Stonley, an Elizabethan exchequer official and the first documented reader of Shakespeare, who left two fascinating traces in the College archives.The first comprises three volumes of journals covering periods of the 1580s and 1590s; the second is a booklist that was compiled when the contents of Stonley's house on London’s Aldersgate Street were sold off to defray his alleged embezzlements in office in 1597. This paper will dig into both documents in order to contextualize a highly distinctive early modern library.