The Intentions of Thomas Plume: Based on the 1981 Plume Lecture

By: W.J. Petchey

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Crisp, unmarked. ~ AUTHOR'S NOTE: The suggestions offered in this paper have sharpened themselves considerably since 1979, when the Trustees of Dr Plume's Library invited me to deliver one of their Lectures and when I decided to offer public answers to questions which I had been asking of myself about this collection of books during some thirty years of sporadic but at times intensive use of the Library. As time has passed, more and more examples have accumulated to substantiate those answers (and to illustrate my comments) and I have to thank the Trustees for charging me with an interesting exercise in presenting the material in two quite distinct forms: first, as a lecture to an audience whose range of interests and whose familiarity with the Library's contents was not restricted to that of specialists in 17th-century history; secondly, in the following printed format. The lecture had to be the occasion for an illustrated enquiry with a fully participating audience-it was not designed as a formal reading-and its substance could not usefully be transcribed into a printed essay such as this; even the illustrative material has often had to be replaced with equivalents more suitable for the changed medium of presentation.Readers who were also members of that audience in 1981 should not, therefore, be surprised at the changed construction but they will find that the questions and my answers are the same. I have, however, ventured to press home more positively here my conclusions and I must point out that they are not necessarily the opinion of the Trustees or of their Librarian.My thanks are especially due to Canon A. J. Dunlop, Chairman of the Trustees; to Mr. Victor Gray, County Archivist of Essex, for his encouragement in the completion of this study; to Mrs. G. Shacklock, Thomas Plume's Librarian, for her continuous help in my exploration of the Library; and to the 1981 audience for their encouragement and comments. This is also the opportunity for me to express my gratitude to a former Librarian, the late Mr. S. G. Deed, under whose magisterial guidance I first made acquaintance with the world of 16th- and 17th-century book production. ~ 41 pages

Title: The Intentions of Thomas Plume: Based on the 1981 Plume Lecture

Author(s): W.J. Petchey

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Trustees of the Plume Library, Maldon: 1985

ISBN: 0950990507

ISBN 13: 9780950990507

Format: Paperback

Condition grade: Very Good

Weight: 0.40 lbs

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