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Robert Hooke's Collection of Architectural Books and Prints

Geraghty, A. (2004) Robert Hooke's Collection of Architectural Books and Prints. Architectural History, 47. pp. 113-125. ISSN 0066-622X

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Abstract

When Christopher Wren visited Paris in 1665-66, he famously returned with 'almost all France in paper'. His friend and colleague Robert Hooke, however, was not so lucky; his collection of architectural books and prints was acquired from London. This article outlines the contents of Hooke's architectural library and considers the general availability of architectural publications in late seventeenth-century London. Hooke's library of over three thousand volumes was dispersed at auction on 29 April 1703. The sale catalogue, preserved in the British Library and annotated with the prices reached, lists numerous architectural publications, evidence of Hooke's secondary activities as an architect. Most of these books are mentioned in the diary he kept from March 1672 to September 1683, when his architectural career was at its height. As a result, both the contents of his library and the chronology of his reading are documented, even though the books themselves are mostly lost.

Item Type: Article
Academic Units: The University of York > History of Art (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2009 16:17
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2009 16:17
Published Version: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1568818
Status: Published
Publisher: Society of Architectural Historians of Great
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5636

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