Marsh's Library: a mirror on the world

Law, learning and libraries, 1650–1750

Muriel McCarthy & Ann Simmons, editors

Hardback €49.50
Catalogue Price: €55.00
ISBN: 978-1-84682-152-3
June 2009. 320pp; ills.

In 1707 an act of parliament established Marsh’s Library as ‘a publick library for ever’. This volume contains the papers presented at a conference to commemorate the 1707 act which took place in the library in October 2007. The topics covered were ‘Parliament and Legislation’, ‘Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment’ and ‘Collectors and Collections’.

Contributors: Jack P. Greene (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD), Nial Osborough (UCD), David Hayton (QUB), Thomas O’Connor (NUI Maynooth), Michael Brown (University of Aberdeen), C.D.A. Leighton (Bilkent University, Ankara), Ruth Whelan (NUI Maynooth), Philip Benedict & Pierre Olivier Léchot (Université de Genève), Toby Barnard (Hertford College, Oxford), Elizabethanne Boran (Edward Worth Library, Dublin), Raymond Gillespie (NUI Maynooth), Archibald Elias (Philadelphia), Marie-Louise Legg (Birkbeck College, London).

Muriel McCarthy has been Keeper of the library since 1989. The second edition of her book on the library, Marsh’s Library: all graduates and gentlemen, was published by Four Courts Press in 2003. Ann Simmons has worked at Marsh’s Library for fifteen years and is Deputy Keeper of the library.