Friends of the National Libraries launch effort to raise £15m to buy the Honresfield library

„From the British Library to the Brontë Parsonage Museum, a consortium of libraries and museums have come together in an “unprecedented” effort to raise £15m and save an “astonishingly important” set of literary manuscripts for the nation.

The plans were formed after the announcement last month that the “lost” Honresfield library was to be put up for auction at Sotheby’s this summer. Almost entirely inaccessible since 1939, the library was put together by Victorian industrialists William and Alfred Law at the turn of the 20th century, and is a literary treasure trove that had experts dancing with excitement – and warning that action needed to be taken to prevent it being sold piecemeal to private collectors.“

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Honresfield Library: Brontë Society calls to save rare manuscripts and artefacts from auction

„News that the Honresfield Library will be sold at Sotheby’s across three auctions (see the introduction to the first part, scheduled to be sold in July) prompted much coverage: see Alison Flood’s piece in the Guardian and Jennifer Schuessler’s in the NYT. A followup piece by Alison Flood for the Guardian reports on the immediate calls from the Brontë Society and others for the collection to be kept intact and made publicly available for research. See also Francesca Collins‘ post for the Museums Association.“ (PhiloBiblos)

„The Honresfield library was assembled by William Law (1836-1901), augmented by his brother Alfred Law (1838-1913) and their nephew Sir Alfred Joseph Law (1860-1939). The library’s cornerstones are world-class holdings of the Brontës, Robert Burns, and Sir Walter Scott, on which is built a remarkable collection with precious highlights venturing well beyond the core of 18th-19th century British literature. It is a library of astonishing riches that has been treasured by generations of a private family for more than a century.“ (Sotheby’s)

„The Brontë Society, which was founded in 1893, is also calling for the government to establish minimum standards of conservation and curation for items of national literary heritage in private ownership.“ (Guardian)

Call number fallacy

„Does anyone know whether CUL Gg.v.35 (1567; Luard Cat. III, pp. 201-205) has been digitized? I am particularly interested in seeing color reproductions of Rabanus, “De laude sancta crucis” (item 10 in Luard). Given some of its content (e.g. the Cambridge Songs) I thought it might be available somewhere, but so far as I have not found anything.“ (Medtextl)

I found the MS with the Carmina Cantabrigensia in the Handschriftencensus at with the call number Gg.5.35 and the second match of the Google search

was the digitized copy

I was unable to find the digitized copy with the call number in the database of IIIF manuscripts at

Can anybody help?

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