Nearly new. Compiled by Shirley Pargeter of Warrington Library, then one of the constituent libraries of the Cheshire County Library service, this pioneering example of a modern catalogue of a National Trust mansion's library sets a high descriptive standard, though the book is somewhat let down by an absence of any form of subject index and the entries are not individually numbered. Anonymous tracts are entered twice where the author is inferred, once under the author's name and again under the title. The Egertons' tastes predictably embraced the classic 17th and 18th century works on art and antiquities, supplemented by a wide coverage of English literature. Although works by members of the Tatton branch of the Egerton family are well represented, there is nothing (say) on geology by Sir Philip de Malpas Grey-Egerton of Oulton Park, and natural history is inconspicuous. There is a small but interesting music library. The introduction, by E.J. Miller (the Trust's libraries adviser) makes the valid point that libraries of this type are not merely collections of books, but reflect the cultural background and social status of the family's members; books being more personal than artefacts tend to highlight their whims and enthusiasms through the centuries.
Title: A catalogue of the library at Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire: the property of the National Trust
Publisher: Cheshire Libraries & Museums: 1977
ISBN Number: 0 904532 40 2
ISBN Number 13: 9780904532401
Binding: Green plasticated hard cover, no d.w.
Book Condition: As new
Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Seller ID: 1024