This very incomplete Book of Hours was apparently unknown to Ker when he catalogued the MSS at Rugby School. The sole online image shows St Regnobert (Renoberti) in October, so it is presumably from Bayeuxhttps://t.co/9Rgj9vRES0 pic.twitter.com/JKd2QcY43s
— Peter Kidd (@mssprovenance) October 27, 2020
Die übliche Heuchelei als Begründung für das Auseinanderreißen einer historischen Provenienz:
“The subjects covered in the 300 titles listed in this catalogue cover an impressively wide range of interests – horsemanship, duelling and mountaineering; botany, horticulture and ornithology; sermons and proclamations; jurisprudence and military history; psalms and poetry and maps. Don Quixote is there and so is Robinson Crusoe. A first edition of A Christmas Carol and plays by one W. Shakespeare. There is even a timely sermon ‘for preserving these kingdoms from the plague’ written by Englishman Samuel Towers after the Great Plague of Marseilles which raged from 1720-22 and claimed some 100,000 lives.
Many of these splendid books come from the library of Matthew Holbeche Bloxam, who attended Rugby School from 1813 to 1821. He became an amateur historian, a genealogist, archaeologist, naturalist, antiquarian, art-collector, a noted architectural historian. He was clearly a man of huge intellectual curiosity. He was also very generous, bequeathing a large part of his collection – of paintings, ancient weaponry, armour, pottery as well as books – to Rugby School.
The decision by Rugby School’s Governing Body to sell these rare books is twofold. They deserve to be preserved, stored – and enjoyed – in specialist conditions. Secondly, the School is committed, as a registered charity, to use its resources to benefit current and future students. Rugby School already operates a generous bursary system, with more than 40% of our students receiving some form of scholarship remission or bursary support. In addition, our Arnold Foundation fully funds places for talented children who would benefit from a boarding education, but are without the means to fund it.”