The London Library

I’ve just got my copy of the winter edition of The London Library Magazine, which includes an article I wrote about the discovery of what I thought was a first edition of Hobbes’s Leviathan on the open shelves and the fact that, in the early 1980s, it was possible to borrow it.   The article only half conveys my gratitude to the library during that period of my life, when I was a solitary Ph.D. student, trying to teach myself about late seventeenth-century intellectual thought in order to understand the cultural milieu of Castle Howard.   It was in what is now regarded as the bad old days when Ph.D. students were given almost complete freedom to read round their subject with no pressure whatsoever to complete the research, let alone to publish it (actually, I only remember the opposite).   The London Library was like a constantly open dish of pleasure.


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  1. Wonderful memories of Hobbes, your life in the early 1980s, and the great London Library ! Thank you. How impressive that the research for your splendid book on Castle Howard (above me on my shelves as I type this ) should have been so wide ranging.

    The London Library is a glorious part of life in London, and is likely to become a very present part of your life again when the day comes , in the distant future, I trust, when you leave the RA.

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