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An overview of British provenance of works in the Ottoman collection of the Arcadian Library

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An overview of British provenance of works in the Ottoman collection of the Arcadian Library

An overview of British provenance of works in the Ottoman collection of the Arcadian Library
by Giles Mandelbrote
Giles Mandelbrote
Giles Mandelbrote

  • Keywords:
    Middle East, Levant, Early Western Manuscripts, Early Printed Books, Orientalism

Much of the Arcadian Library has been assembled through the acquisition of the libraries of earlier collectors. Without the earlier curation work of individuals such as Şefik E. Atabey, Richard Heber and Peter Hopkirk, the Arcadian Library would not have the detailed collection that it does today. While many of the twentieth century collectors of works in the Arcadian Library displayed a keen interest in the Ottoman Empire, the Levant and Middle East more generally, many of the earlier owners of works in the library were themselves directly involved in the Islamic world as travellers, scholars, merchants or diplomats. The Arcadian collection offers a rich anthology of material evidence relating to the history of book ownership and provides a cross-sectional view of the history of book collecting and the operation of the book trade.